Addictions are scary things as consider how they can ruin one’s physical strength, immunity, and cause many health problems. They are by far the most compulsive and chronic habits which we engage in; unhealthy behavioural acts that can aggravate many crimes, suicides or even other social problems.
Omniomania (”onios” means “for sale” while “mania” means “madness”) is a term given to describe a psychiatric disorder that is commonly known as shopping addiction, compulsive shopping or compulsive buying disorder (CB). This syndrome was recognized as early as the twentieth century and it’s documented that it can co-occur with other disorders like eating disorders, impulsive control disorders, substance use disorders, and anxiety disorder.
According to the survey conducted by a Psychiatric Times, only 6% of the Americans are considered to have compulsive shopping. This shopping habit is different from the normal shopping as the sufferers have used shopping as an outlet to help them cope with anger, stress, depression, boredom, self-critical thoughts, tension, anxiety and loneliness. People with Omniomania will shop until they run into debt because their mind is completely preoccupied by excessive spending. This compulsion can eventually wreck families and hurt relationships. Interestingly, compulsive shoppers with this syndrome aren’t concerned much with what they’ve bought. They leave compact discs wrapped in plastic and never listen to them or hang their new clothes in the closet without even taking them out either.
Smoking in any form, marijuana, tobacco, or cigarettes can lead smokers to an additive dependence on that particular substance to a degree that when they withdraw from smoking, their mental, emotional feeling or any physical reactions will be greatly irritated.
Nicotine is a psychoactive drug found in the cigarette that causes addiction to cigarettes and the human bloodstream absorbs toxins rapidly via the smoker’s lungs. Within 7 seconds of the smoke being inhaled these toxins can reach the brain. High doses of nicotine have shown to stimulate activation of “pleasure centers” located in the brain, particularly the mesolimbic dopamine system, which can cause nicotine dependence among the smokers. This explains why smokers who first started smoking can take in higher doses of nicotine without feeling sick. Nicotine can also “alter” functional as well as structural changes in the smokers’ brains, and thus when they suddenly withdrawn from smoking, the physiological functions in their brain or other parts of their bodies will be greatly interrupted.