‘Tis the season for family reunions, champagne toasts, and, of course, shopping.

It’s likely that you know someone who you consider a shopaholic. Perhaps you think that she has a superhuman stamina for long lines, crowded malls, and late night purchasing. Or perhaps you think he just doesn’t know when to quit, spending way past his budget.

“Shopaholic” is, of course, informal, and usually applied with humor. There is, though, an actual medical term for people who have an uncontrollable and compulsive desire to shop: oniomania.

Oniomania comes from the Greek onios, which means “for sale,” and mania, which means “insanity.”

While those who have a fear of money don’t have to worry about excessive shopping, they most likely possess an equally difficult set of problems. Learn the name of this phobia, here.

Compulsive shopping hasn’t been studied to the same extent as other dependencies or addictions. However, some people consider it to be a very serious and widespread problem that can cause grave social, financial, and emotional effects.

What do you think? Do you know an oniomaniac? Share your experiences below. To close, click these other common fears or compulsions to learn their medical names:



  1. Erin -  May 22, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    This is a serious problem and I don’t understand why people are making fun of it.

  2. baby123 -  January 10, 2011 - 8:42 am

    were not flirting o.k

  3. susanqiao -  December 18, 2010 - 2:07 am

    Sometimes, I am a little shopaholic as I feel relax and not tired at all in shopping places. I regards it as the way to relax and keep fit. I feel exacted and happy to see so many colorful things around. It is not important to own them sometimes and just have a look, wall around, feel that you are in the people. It is important to control yourself not to buy something unuseful.. But it is good way to release your press sometimes really.

  4. Justin Nahin -  December 13, 2010 - 6:09 pm

    When it comes to shopping I have completely moved over to the internet. Especially during these hectic holidays, when shopping can be an absolute headache with the number of people crowding these malls.

  5. Curly -  December 12, 2010 - 12:58 pm


    You wrote, “There is, though, an actual medical term for people who have an uncontrollable and compulsive desire to shop: oniomania.”

    But “oniomania” is not the medical term for these people. It’s the medical term for their psychological disorder. Please fix this.

    (How about “…an actual medical term for a person who has an uncontrollable and compulsive desire to shop: oniomaniac”?)

  6. louis paiz -  December 10, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    many of us worry about money too much. money is a necesity whithout it we can not survive go to the supermarket and ask for a free gallon of milk and see what happens.in refference to shopoholics we became espenders by advertizers on tv radio billboards and viciversa.shopping is not bad when we used our money wiselly. we must know the value of money and do not turn ourselves in miners donkey that is carring two sacks of gold but it does not know what the gold is good for money or gold is for living well travel eat help the needed give to your church so what is wrong with shopping or living well. thanks

  7. Reverend Trevor McCoy -  December 10, 2010 - 4:27 am

    i am a Vicar and i would like to say that God just sent a message to me comfirming that Baby123 and Jim should not be flirting on an online website due to the fact that you do not know each others age, gender, personality or most importantly appearance. Amen
    P.S. Merry Christmas
    P.P.S GOd Bless Everyone

  8. baby123 -  December 9, 2010 - 10:10 am

    yea sure cyberquill

  9. blahblahblah -  December 8, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    Tis the season to be onionmaniac or whatever tis

  10. blahblahblah -  December 8, 2010 - 2:57 pm

    I don’t like to EAT onions, but I like to smell them.:.:.:.:.:.

  11. baby123 -  December 8, 2010 - 9:25 am

    ummm hi cybrerquill

  12. baby123 -  December 8, 2010 - 9:25 am

    ummm hi cybrerquill

  13. Anonymous -  December 7, 2010 - 11:56 am

    come on shopping is a frrk’n obbsesion..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Prof. William Parker Ph.D. -  December 7, 2010 - 8:51 am

    Amazingly interesting especially in the midst of holiday seson..Keep the mind-tickling feature come in.

  15. Baby Club -  December 6, 2010 - 9:50 pm

    Haha you are guys so funny called yourself onionmaniac. This word should be used better instead of shopholic. Merry happy christmas soon.

  16. #1 Skillet Fan -  December 6, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    @smoothius: If you find out what the opposite of a shopoholic is please let me know because I have that too lol :)
    I’m so tight with my money I won’t even buy myself a new pair of vic firth drumsticks just because they cost money XD!!!
    ~Chick Drummer~

  17. baby123 -  December 6, 2010 - 9:43 am

    cool jim im srry i put in the wrong order and i am im learning about history, again jim thnx for the advice god bless you jim and u got a gf cause u seem pretty good about the bible and ur reign on jesus u seem like a godly man and god loves you for it sooo… write back to me

  18. baby123 -  December 6, 2010 - 9:36 am

    im serious that realy happend if u dont belive me get a bible and go to mathew, mark, luke ,john,in the new testemant so read THE BILbE

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