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Dr. Kennedy Compulsive shopping is an obsession with shopping that significantly interferes with the dya to day functioning of the individual. The signs are: a preoccupation with shopping, anxiety when not shopping, a constant need for a shopping "fix," shopping to excess resulting in debt and/or disruption of relatinships, and the frequent purchase of items that go unused. Although there is debate as to whether compulsive shopping is a mental disorder, there is evidence that use of an antidepressant medication tends to lessen anxiety and decrease or stop compulsive shopping. Therefore it is thought of by psycoanalysts as an unconscious defense against depression, or as a "depression equivalent."

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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