Sayeh Beheshti, M.D., M.A.
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While shopping excessively is a behavior, it could also be a symptom of a more serious mental health problem. The question would be if the behavior is causing significant problems in your wife's life, for example, excessive debt, family problems or conflicts, hoarding of objects, and others. If your wife or your family are experiencing problems because of this behavior, I would suggest seeing a qualified counselor or psychologist who could clarify if the behavior is a symptom of a more serious medical problem. If the behavior is causing marital problems, then I would suggest starting with couple's counseling where the behavior can be further explored and diagnosed. I hope this information will help you.
Donald A. Moses MD
Have a Heart to Heart talk with your wife, tell her that you want to have good Spousal Relationship with Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Intimacy; that you are there to understand her feelings, needs and stresses in her life.
Then express your concern about her ‘constantly shopping”, effect on finances, and time away from your relationship; and suggest to see a Psychiatrist for evaluation of her obsessive- compulsive behaviors, and Marital evaluation and Therapy.