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.
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Huntington Beach Independent
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:52:30 -0700
Beer blast: Brewbakers, 7242 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach, will celebrate the first anniversary of its current ownership with a party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, featuring live music and tastes of craft beers, sodas, pizza and pretzels. Information: ...
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:56:07 -0700
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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:37:30 -0700
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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:07:30 -0700
A debate at World Travel Market this year, hosted by Tax Free World Association, will look in detail at the duty free and travel retail industry, which is now worth over $60 billion in worldwide sales. World Travel Market 2014 – the leading global ...
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 05:00:00 -0700
The popular seller of trendy, affordable clothing for men, women and kids didn't give an opening date in its announcement. But, work on the store has started and it is expected to open “ahead of (the) holiday shopping season.” The store will have 7,343 ...
Huntington Beach Independent
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:30:00 -0700
New kid on the block: Brea Mall will host a collaborative Shopping Block party with Refinery29 from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on the mall's lower level. Cult favorite shopping website Refinery29 will bring its style into the physical world for a curated ...
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:56:15 -0700
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Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:45:26 -0700
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