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Oniomania—not an obsessions with onios. It's the word for compulsive shopping disorder—something you or someone you know may be suffering from. Avis Cardella has written a book, called Spent, about her decades of compulsive shopping. "It was very difficult to look at shopping as something that could be problematic," she told WWD, "yet I knew I was uncomfortable with my relationship to shopping. For a long time, as I wrote in the book also, I didn’t feel I could even speak to anyone about it. Because it was so hard, when you looked around you, to accept that you might have a problem.” If there's a compulsion we understand, it's shopping. We anxiously await the PBS oniomania after-school special. [WWD]