Welsh mum spends £200k in 10 years in shopping addiction

Mother-of-one Vicki Appleton from Cardiff, started her obsessive shopping when she was just 13 years old, splurging her £20 wages on clothes, bags and sweets.

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Shopping addict: Spending money was a 'buzz'

Shopping addict Vicki Appleton says spending money gave her a "real buzz".

Speaking on ITV's This Morning programme, the mother-of-one from Cardiff said her obsessive shopping started when she was just a teenager.

In the years that followed the 29-year-old managed to rack up a bill of over £200,000, including spending £25,000 on a round the world trip.

Dr Dave Barker, a consultant forensic psychiatrist at the Priory Group talks to ITV News about how to spot the signs of someone with a shopping addiction.

Addicted to shopping: Welsh mum spends £200k in 10 years

Vicki Appleton from Cardiff says her addiction started when she was 13 Credit: Dimitris Legakis/Athena Picture Agency Ltd

Shopping is an expensive habit for many of us, but for one Welsh woman, it almost cost her life.

Mother-of-one Vicki Appleton from Cardiff, started her obsessive shopping when she was just 13 years old, splurging her £20 wages on clothes, bags and sweets.

By the time she left school, her addiction had escalated, taking out loans and credit cards to satisfy her shopping urges.

In the years that followed the 29-year-old managed to rack up a bill of over £200,000, including spending £25,000 on a round the world trip.

She said,

"When I was 20, I went into a travel agents' to see if there were any cheap deals. By the time I left I'd spent £10,000 on a round the world trip, complete with dozens of first class flights."

But, her addiction eventually led her to try to take her own life.

In October 2013, Vicki admitted admit herself to a psychiatric unit.

She says she's now trying to get her life back on track.

"Now I'm desperately trying to control my addiction for Eli's sake. I'm unsure exactly how much I owe to creditors but I know there's around £30,000 of things I haven't paid for."

"I haven't paid any of my household bills for two years and I'm so terrified of being left alone with my credit cards that I've made my brother move in.

Some women might think retail therapy is a bit of harmless fun, but it almost claimed my life."

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