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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Retail Therapy: Good or Bad?

By September 18, 2013

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When you feel stressed, do you have the urge to hit the mall? Do you find yourself searching for sales to create inner peace? Are you a "shop til you drop" kind of person?

If so, you may be someone who enjoys a little "retail therapy" from time to time. As with some other stress-related behaviors (like eating chocolate or having sex), shopping can function as a 'pleasure' in that it can provide a temporary lift in mood. When you're stressed, you may even crave it more, as a way to take the edge off. And, as with certain other pleasures, over-indulging can often lead to bigger problems and more stress.

Where do you draw the line between a little stress-relieving retail therapy and a full-blown shopping addiction? Read up on the research behind retail therapy to find out how to keep things under control, and share your thoughts on where to draw the line in the comments section.

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