Bipolar and Mental Illnesses are written about here. Written by a bipolar person themselves.

Money and Mental Illness


I have always thought that money and mental health were linked. After reading up on the topic, it’s clear that there is most certainly a connection. Poor mental health can make managing money more difficult than should be, and the guilt and worrying about money can make your mental health worse.


“For individuals who are affected by or who are vulnerable to mental illness, it’s especially important for them to have a home and regular income.”

“For individuals directly affected by severe mental illness or other mental health difficulties, often it will be difficult to secure or retain full-time paid employment leading to a need to call on the state for some form of financial support in the form of state benefits.”


“Sometime, for certain individuals, mental illness can also impact on ability to manage debts, in situations where this is the case, free advice on managing debt should be sought as soon as difficulties arise by contacting an agency such as Citizens Advice Bureau. The sooner a debt issue is addressed the more successfully (and less stressfully) it can be managed.”


Source: Money & Mental Illness
These are examples of just how money and mental illness are correlated: 

  • “If you can’t work or have to take time off work, your income may be affected.”

  • “If you feel very ‘high’ during a period of mania or hypomania, this can lead to impulsive decisions about money that make sense at the time but leave you in lots of debt.”

  • “You may spend money to make yourself feel better. Spending can give you a temporary high.”

  • “You might feel anxious about doing things like talking on the phone, going to the bank or opening envelopes.”

  • “You may feel forced to do a job you don’t like in order to pay the bills or pay off your debt.”

  • “You may lose the motivation to keep control of your finances.”

  • “You might find that spending any money at all or being in debt can make you feel very anxious – even if you actually have enough money.”

  • “Dealing with the benefits system or being in debt may make you feel stressed, anxious and worried about the future.”

  • “You may not have enough money to spend on essentials or things to keep you well like housing, food, heating or medication.”

  • “Money problems can affect relationships and your social life, which can have a knock-on effect on your mental health.”


Source: Money & Mental Health


Money Problems can manifest into an even bigger deal. Look at what can happen. So manage your stress if you want to stay healthy. 

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