A Sutton woman who racked up debts of £50,000 spending on designer clothes told a BBC audience her addiction made her try to commit suicide.
Sharon Bull appeared on East Midlands Inside Out on Monday where she told how she had a comfortable lifestyle but developed an addiction to buying expensive clothes and holidays.
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Sharon told how she managed to bounce back from her problems and now she is a successful life coach and inspirational speaker.
She has written a book to help others deal with similar spending addictions.
She said: “I lost everything - My world as I knew it just fell apart.
“Just like any addiction I got an almighty high from doing that, but like any othr addiction I also had the almighty low.
“Yet I couldn’t stop. I was on anti-depressants and I also was drinking very heavily and I decided that that was it.
She likened her problem to alcoholism and said depression had led her to her habit. She owed over £50,000.
Sharon had attempted suicide in 2011 after selling her home to pay credit card bills.
Sharon said: “Fortunately for me I actually did collapse through the drink.”
Eventually she was able to clear a big chunk of her debts by moving back home with her mother and selling her designer clothes on eBay.
Sharon has written a book, called Stripped Bare, to advise on how people can deal with a similar shopping addiction.
She told the BBC: “There’s no magic formula for this.
“But at the same time I live acompletely different lifestyle.
“I don’t want the material stuff I wanted before.”