June 1999

Spending addiction real deal; Parallels alcoholism

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A family crisis has left you dazed, so you hit the clothing stores for some serious power shopping. Or a dressing down by the boss emboldens you to go out and buy a computer gadget you've been wanting.

In both cases, if you can't afford it but you do it all the same, you could be suffering from a money disorder, a financial addiction every bit as real as alcoholism or drug addiction.