Fri, 14 Oct 2011 18:11:28 GMT | By Tom Fontaine

Are you suffering from a modern addiction?

Are you spending too much time online? Do you feel exhausted and over-worked? If so, you might be suffering from a modern-day addiction.

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Shopping addiction

With the internet, paid-for apps and numerous other ways to buy goods and services, spending money has never been so easy. And though stereotypes dictate that women are more likely to suffer from an addiction to shopping, or 'oniomania', the condition now affects more than one in 20 adults, many of whom are men. In fact, a study carried out by the journal Psychiatric Times found that the percentages of men and women suffering from the condition were almost equal (5.5% to 6% respectively, though men are more likely to spend money on gadgets and electronic goods). It's not just about the pleasure associated with buying nice things; sufferers use shopping as a way to escape from stress and anxiety and the pressures of everyday life. However, this compulsive spending can be both mentally and fiscally damaging, with the disorder now as likely to lead to depression as it is to take people to the brink of bankruptcy. To deal with this vicious cycle of spending, doctors would most likely treat it as a obsessive compulsive disorder, and you could even need help with depression or anxiety, so don't feel like it's too trivial a matter to take to your GP's surgery.


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