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, 31 Aug 2014 02:38:14 -0700
e'rth Shop in the Tower District is transforming from a home decor store to selling an eclectic collection of art and clothing, with an emphasis on work by street artists, such as these by tattoo artist Matthew Ponce. BETHANY CLOUGH — The Fresno Bee ...
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:52:30 -0700
The changes bode well for the business that owners Patsy and Del Crawford can't wait to open there - Sweet Palette, which will specialize in cupcakes, cakes and sweet yummies. Patsy Crawford, who ran the business from her home kitchen for months, ...
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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:18:45 -0700
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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:11:21 -0700
Linsey Wright of Clovis and the "to-go bags" for babies that she's started selling online at www.bagsofsugar.com. SPECIAL TO THE BEE. Recent Headlines. Retail Therapy: Vintage T-shirts, local urban wear hot items at e'rth Shop · Eating Out: El ...
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:22:30 -0700
For nine-to-fivers itching for a quick office escape at lunchtime or a bit of retail therapy after work, Becky Brisker's corner store State & Third is a welcome addition to Capitol Square—a colorful and inviting space tucked inside the stoic Downtown ...
Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:56:15 -0700
It used to be all you needed for a dorm room was a pair of extra-long sheets and a couple of milk crates for storage. Today, students buy and bring all kinds of items to decorate and equip their dorm rooms — and retailers have rolled out the red ...
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:08:49 -0700
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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:50:24 -0700
The defense portrayed the McDonnells' marriage as struggling at best and his wife Maureen (yes, he married a woman with the same name as his sister, and that's a footnote) as a lonely woman expensively overdosing on retail therapy to fill the void in ...
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