‘I spent £25,000 in a day then flushed my new diamonds down the loo’: Mother with bipolar disorder lost her entire life savings in manic spending sprees

13 June 2016


Trying to fix a bad day by throwing money at it is familiar to more than a few of us. Comfort shopping — buying a new dress or booking a holiday, say — can give us a buzz and make things seem better.

But what if you have more bad days than other people because you have a mental health condition such as depression or bipolar disorder? What happens if your moods are a rollercoaster of highs and lows and you spend thousands of pounds during ‘manic’ spending sprees?

A report published yesterday by the charity Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) suggests that you’re up to six times more likely to have debt problems if you have a mental health issue such as depression.


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