• WHERE IS THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS?

    Living with the diagnosis of bipolar diagnosis is never going to be easy!! It could be made easier if the government would recognise that people suffering from this illness, when in crisis will spend excess money in a fashion that is not with keeping to that person's normal spending pattern.

    In 2004 when I was diagnosed with the illness I spent £25,000 in just one day - was this something I did on a regular basis - catagorically the answer is no. What did I spend this money on? I spent £13,500 on a motor home, £5,000 on Jewellery, 3 apple computers amoungst other things.

    At no point did the bank step in and try to look at the spending pattern, i was left to spend erractically. I am very lucky that after many years of having to cope with the highs and lows of this illnes I have my family that will help me when I am manic - they automatically take my credit cards from me. When I am depressed they open all my post and work with utilities to try and get me garden leave until I am well again. Many companies do not entertain this. The stress for my family is also too much.

    It is time that the government recognises that a mental health diagnosis changes the fundamental persons character for that period of time whilst they are in crisis. It seems terribly wrong for the government to put more pressure on the person who is unwell.

    During my time with bipolar I have been served a CCJ for not being able to up hold my business responsibilities. This caused me great stress and was not able to get credit for 6 years. This in my opinion is totally unfair. My financial record pre my diagnosis of bipolar disorder showed that i was an A star student in the world of finance.

    The question has to be: Why put more financial pressure on the metally ill? The government should be supporting the service user, family and friends so to keep the person out of an institution which costs the government thousands.

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LIVING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER

Strategies for Balance and Resilience

BY LYNN HODGES

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