Woman opens up about frightening link between bipolar disorder and ‘overspending’

An anonymous woman living with bipolar disorder has opened up about how the condition affects her day-to-day life.

The woman, who wishes not to be named, has decided to share her experiences in a bid to raise awareness of the far-reaching impact bipolar can have on a person’s spending habits.

Specifically, she says that the manic “highs” of bipolar disorder – which sees a person’s emotions flick between euphoria and depression – can often lead to unsustainable shopping sprees.

“I am getting myself into debt because of the bipolar,” she told regional newspaper Chronicle Live.

“I can’t make sensible budgeting decisions when I am high, or manic, and sometimes these highs can go on for months,” she said.

On one occasion, the woman reportedly found herself facing a difficult dispute with furniture retailer SCS, after purchasing a suite and a carpet for a sum of £5,240.

She purchased the items during a manic “high” and later realised that she had made an unwise decision should couldn’t realistically afford.

The woman sought a note from her doctor to use as evidence of her condition when attempting to cancel the order at a later date, but the company refused to cancel the purchase.

“I could not cancel the order straight away because I was still high,” she said.

“That’s why I am still paying off a kitchen I bought in 2015 and now there’s this furniture.”

The woman is not the first person to speak out about the link between bipolar disorder, debt and overspending.

A spokesperson from prominent charity Bipolar UK said: “In the first instance you should write to your creditors explaining the difficulties you are facing in terms of spending when in a manic episode and that you are unable to pay the current repayment schedule.

“Ask if they might consider alternative ways of paying off the debt. They will then have to consider and work out a way to solve the problem.”

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