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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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:52:30 -0700
And although Grace is only two, I'm already working to instill the great values of "retail therapy" to her. She joins us each and every shopping adventure, and I'm pretty sure she likes the lunch part the best too, especially if Grandma Susie orders ...
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:07:22 -0700
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Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:56:15 -0700
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Huntington Beach Independent
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:52:30 -0700
Scrappin' sale: Scrapbooking and paper-crafting superstar Me and My Big Ideas will host a huge sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 1 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at its warehouse, 20321 Valencia Circle, Lake Forest. Enjoy a sizable discount on papers ...
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:09:48 -0700
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Huntington Beach Independent
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:37:30 -0700
Beachy keen: The Beach, which makes backpacks, makeup bags, totes and other carry-alls in fun patterns and materials like neoprene, will offer a warehouse sale featuring up to 75% off retail from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 7402 Mountjoy Drive, Unit B ...
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:56:15 -0700
Chelsea Alameda, who recently moved to Clovis, passes by a row of newer shops including Brick & Mortar and Elle spa after shopping for items in Old Town Clovis Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Many of the antiques at the store are becoming hot items for young ...
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