Shopping sometimes can cheer anyone up. Buying something new and exciting or adding to a collection can help one look beyond a boring and blue day. If, however, an individual uses shopping as escapism or over shops due to depression, then shopping may not be the best cure. It is important to see the difference when shopping becomes pathological and not just merely a way to cheer oneself up. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification
The article, “Depression Shopping: Why Retail Therapy Does Not Heal” by Hope Gillette looks closer at how shopping can become pathological if used during depression. She states,
“Getting something new can be fun and exciting. Even if you’re shopping for home necessities, the experience of buying something nice can make you feel accomplished. In fact, research from 2014 points out that making purchases helps alleviate sadness and gives a sense of control. Shopping as a recreational activity or because you need an item is one thing. Shopping because you depend on the mood boost could be something else.”
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Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling.