Experts Say Online Shopping Needs To Be Classified As An Addiction

The ease of ordering, not having to leave the comfort of your own home, not having to wait on a line, getting everything pretty instantly; there are so many reasons to love online shopping.

If you think you’re full on addicted to online shopping, looks like you’re right: it can really happen!

Online shopping used to be part of the impulse control subcategory, but psychotherapists are now arguing that it should be classified as a mental health issue.

A group of researchers from Hannover Medical School are at the forefront of pushing for online shopping (which they commonly call Buying-Shopping Disorder) to get its own classification.

Buying-Shopping Disorder (shortened to BSD) is identified as preoccupation with online shopping, a strong desire to be the owner of certain things, and full on cravings to purchase things online.

If you do have BSD, you spend the majority of your time actually buying things while online or extensively shopping for them.

These researchers are saying that by making it official, mental health professionals can go on to gain further knowledge of the addiction while also tailoring their methods of treatment.

What do you think? Are you addicted to online shopping? Let me know in the comments below!

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