The economics of depression

Kiran Fatima Zaidi
Posted April 23, 2021

To those of us who shop a lot, do we do so when we are angry?

When we feel dissatisfied with the situations around us do we tend to find solace in shopping for cute and trendy cosmetics/clothes/jewelry? Do we then feel that these “things” are a better source of happiness, or the only source of happiness easily available? 

 

Fashionable and aesthetics looking products certainly do let us escape from whatever that is going on in our head. In todays time when one doesn't need to leave the house for a “retail therapy” and only need to open up their browser, doing so has become really easy.

 

But does it really help, or rather fill us with a sense of emptiness? Even after opening boxes full of newly shopped stuff do we feel satisfied, or are we left with silent breathless things just staring at us? 

 

Do we realize then that “things” are nothing but a source of convenience or are we still not happy and still filling our carts? 

 

If things did cause happiness, why didn’t  it last? 

 

Have we ever wondered about whether those things in our cart still mattered so much after we had cooled down? 

 

If we realized that they didn't, did we think of speaking to a councilor the next time we were depressed? 

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Jill Langhus
Apr 24
Apr 24

Hi Kiran,

You're very right. That retail therapy is brief, and fleeting. It takes a certain amount of awareness, and discipline, to break this habit. It sounds like you have broken this habit? If so, kudos to you. Thanks for sharing your post and creating more awareness around depression.

Kiran Fatima Zaidi
Apr 24
Apr 24

Hello Jill! Thank You so much! I appreciate you for reading and commenting and I'm glad that you understand the concept I shared!

Jill Langhus
Apr 26
Apr 26

Hello Again:-)

You're very welcome. Hope you have a good day, and week!

Beth Lacey
Apr 27
Apr 27

Depression is such a dangerous disease and manifests itself in many different ways. None of them- including binge shopping- are a cure

Kiran Fatima Zaidi
Apr 27
Apr 27

Hello Beth! Yes you're right. None of them but therapy and/or medication is the cure.