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, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:17 -0700
Walk on up: The OC Mix at SOCO, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, is hosting a sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Customers will save up to 70% off a curated selection of clothing, accessories, housewares, gifts and ...
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 ...
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:07:30 -0700
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Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:56:15 -0700
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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:08:49 -0700
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Huntington Beach Independent
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:59:46 -0700
Surf's up: The Hang Ten warehouse sale is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 153 W. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia. All clothes will be marked from $5 to $25, including tees and tanks, bottoms, jackets and board shorts.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:07:22 -0700
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Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:56:15 -0700
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