Retail therapy is shopping with the primary purpose of improving the buyer's mood or disposition. Often seen in people during periods of depression or transition, it is normally a short-lived habit. Items purchased during periods of retail therapy are sometimes referred to as "comfort buys".
Retail therapy was first used as a term in the 1980s with the first reference being this sentence in the Chicago Tribune of Christmas Eve 1986: "We've become a nation measuring out our lives in shopping bags and nursing our psychic ills through retail therapy." 
In 2001, the European Union conducted a study finding that 33% of shoppers surveyed had "high level of addiction to rash or unnecessary consumption". This was causing debt problems for many. The same study also found that young Scottish people had the highest susceptibility to binge purchasing.
Researchers at Melbourne University have advocated its classification as a psychological disorder called oniomania or compulsive shopping disorder.
Lauren Zuniga - Retail Therapy
Lauren Zuniga was our amazing feature on the 19th of November at the Vancouver Poetry Slam. This is her poem.
'Retail Therapy' Reality
Dr. David Sulzer, author of a new study, suggests that when you shop, the brain emits a chemical that makes the body feel good. He speaks to Julie Chen.
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South Australia bucked the national retail spending trend in March. It's a ray of light, amid six months of negative numbers. See more at tennews.com.au.
Jessica's Blog - Retail Therapy
Jessica's third blog entry for the Season 5 of True Blood. All rights go to HBO.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:16:33 -0800
Who needs Paris' Eiffel Tower or Love Lock Bridge when there's shopping??! LOLz! Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth looked totez in love as the duo picked up some souvenirs in the most romantic city in the world! The lovey dovey air seemed to rub off on ...
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:21:36 -0800
As an expectant mum, Tamara Ecclestone may have been stocking up on baby goods as she enjoyed a day out with her sister Petra and mother Slavica. The trio enjoyed some retail therapy at the Grove Shopping Mall in West Hollywood on Tuesday.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 02:50:41 -0800
The last thing you need after you've spent the day indulging in more than a little Christmas retail therapy with your best gal pal is a parking ticket, but that's exactly what Cara Santana had to deal with on Tuesday in West Hollywood, LA. To make ...
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:12:58 -0800
Admit it – the occasional helping of retail therapy feels good. But if a new bench scope or other big-ticket item is out of range, there are cheaper options for a techie. Much cheaper. Now, when I say "cheaper," I'm not talking iPod or tablet cheap. I ...
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:11:15 -0800
Retail therapy. 'Eclectic marketplace for the conscious lifestyle'. By MANDY MILES Citizen Staff. BY MANDY MILES. Citizen Staff. Debbie Lippi readily admits to being a shopaholic, which makes boutique ownership pretty much the ideal profession. "So ...
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:05:44 -0800
Retail Therapy: Readers weigh in on buying local. By Bethany Clough. The Fresno BeeDecember 7, 2013 Updated 5 hours ago. 2013-12-08T03:30:17Z. By Bethany Clough. Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print. Vintage on Fourth in Clovis sells ...
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 13:58:50 -0800
... EST. — Instead of hosting door-busters, limited stock of big-ticket items and opening in the early hours of the morning, businesses in New Albany and Jeffersonville kicked off the holiday shopping season in leisurely fashion. Small Business ...
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:56:13 -0800
P atricia George was at a wedding in Charlotte when she saw her first candy and dessert buffet table. She immediately fell in love with the idea of providing people a buffet of assorted sweet treats. After six months of planning, George opened Sweet ...
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