This is serious business –
November 24, 2019 – “I did all kinds of things I’m not proud of,” says Lisa, a mother of two from the Houston, Texas-area who asked The Post not to use her last name for privacy reasons. The days between Black Friday and Dec. 25 make for an especially challenging time of year for people like Lisa who are compulsive shoppers. They’re believed to make up about 5 percent of the population, according to 2015 research that ran in the journal Addiction.
“The addiction affects both men and women,” explains Terrence Shulman, founder and director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding. “And it’s definitely on the rise because of easy access to the internet.” And while compulsive shopping might strike some as a frivolous problem, it can lead to a path of deception that has serious consequences.