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What Is Oniomania?

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Updated February 17, 2009

Definition: Oniomania is the psychiatric term for compulsive shopping, or shopping addiction. People with oniomania shop on impulse as a way of coping and find it difficult to control their spending or shopping behaviors.
Pronunciation: O-nee-O-may-nee-a
Also Known As: Oniomania
Common Misspellings: compulsive shopping, compulsive buying, Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD), overspending, shopping addiction, shopaholism
Examples:
Janette, who struggled with oniomania, ran up thousands of dollars of credit card debt just in a few months.
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