Shopping Addiction

The following 15 item self-assessment is intended to help you determine your level of compulsive shopping and buying habits and assist you in considering whether to seek help. This self-test refers to shopping and/or buying that may be done in stores, online, by phone, TV, or other means. All results are confidential and anonymous.

Instructions: Please respond to each item the best you can regarding your shopping and buying patterns, behaviors and feelings. If your answer is yes, or mostly yes, check Yes. If you answer is no or mostly no, check No. Click Submit once you complete the survey to see immediate results and comments. The assessment is for personal and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for an evaluation by healthcare professionals.

Shopping Addiction


Do you often find yourself spending more time and/or money buying and shopping than you wanted to?

Do you often go on buying binges?

Has excessive shopping resulted in financial difficulties for you?

Do you sometimes feel that something inside you, beyond your control, pushes you to shop and buy?

Do you hide your purchases and shopping habits from family or friends?

Are your relationships with family and/or friends suffering because of your buying habits?

Do you feel "high" when you go on a buying binge?

Have you tried to stop over-shopping but been unable to?

Do you often feel compelled to buy something even though you really don't need it and can’t afford the item?

Do you go on buying binges when you're lonely, anxious, disappointed, depressed, or angry?

Do you find yourself making more and more use of credit (acquiring more cards, increasing your credit limit, getting loans, etc.) to shop for things you really don’t need?

Has your excessive buying habits ever resulted in problems with your bank or the legal system?

Has excessive shopping interfered with your job?

Do you feel anxious, guilty, or ashamed after you go on a buying binge?

Are you not opening your mail or answering your phone because you don't want to face the consequences of your buying?

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