If you are spending money as a way to relieve your stress, and to escape your problems, and doing so on a regular basis, then you may be suffering from the disorder known as shopping addiction. As the disorder progresses you may find yourself spending money compulsively, often beyond your means. Like many other addictions, it becomes a habit that you cannot control. This destructive behavior can ultimately lead to financial distress and often complete ruin. The results of shopping addiction can cause feelings of embarrassment, guilt, and shame. This only serves to increase your anxiety which in turn leads to more spending to provide you with the sought after escape. The process becomes a vicious cycle that will most often require professional treatment to resolve. Do not be afraid to admit that you have a problem and ask for the support of your family and friends before it is too late.