I was just interviewed for Slate Magazine regarding a daughter who wants to help a parent who has bipolar disorder manage an inheritance. Fascinating. I LOVED talking with columnist Helaine Olen. My interview is in the second section.
Here is the question from a reader to Helaine Olen for her
How Do You Help a Parent With a Spending Problem?
My father recently received an inheritance. He intends to spend part of it on a house, and I assume save the rest for his retirement, which is eight to 10 years away. Here’s the issue: My dad has bipolar disorder. The condition is under control with the help of medications, but he has experienced severe manic episodes in the past that have caused him to [ Read More ]
A reader, Ruth just left the following comment about her relationship with her partner who was just diagnosed with bipolar disorder:
I am 55. My husband is also 55. He is just being diagnosed with bipolar. It explains so much. But he has never been in a depressive state. He has spent over $30k since the first of January – arrested 3 times for drunk and disorderly – he has virtually every symptom of bipolar except depression
Here is my reply:
There are forms of bipolar disorder where the person has more mania than depression. I suggest reading about dysphoric mania. Many people with heavy mania express their depression in a mixed episode- also called dysphoric mania. You can type in [ Read More ]
I have bipolar disorder. I used to spend enormous amounts of money during my hypomanic episodes. I’m much more stable now thanks to my treatment plan, but it doesn’t mean I’m cured!
Check this out.
Embarrassing, but better than spur of the moment trips to China and $2000 chairs!
This creeps up on me. I buy pens. I use them at work, but no one uses this many pens. I feel better when I buy pens, so I allow it. But I must stay aware and prevent bigger spending.
This illness wears me out, but we can survive and do just fine. What does your (or a loved one’s) manic spending look like? Do you have a plan in place to make sure it doesn’t go too far?