How’s it going?
I hope you’re having a good day.
There is no doubt that we are in a recession, and that it’s on everyone’s minds.
Many people are skimping back because of it.
If they have two cars, many are going down to one car.
If they have a big house, they are selling it to move into a smaller one.
Those who usually take a vacation are skipping it this year for lack of money.
People are trying hard to hold onto their jobs, but some people have lost them anyway.
Then they are forced to skimp on things.
People who used to eat out a lot aren’t doing that any more – they just can’t afford it.
People who used charge cards, especially, are finding that they have to skimp on using them, because it’s hard to pay the bill when it comes.
More people are changing the way they handle their finances.
They are skimping on things they don’t need.
Because of our economy, many people have been forced to make changes in their lifestyles.
But if you or your loved one has bipolar disorder, there are certain things you can NOT afford to skimp on.
Many people with the disorder are getting worse, not getting stable, and going into episodes.
Do you know why? (scroll down for answer)
Do you think it’s because they want to?
Do you think it’s because they are forced to?
I’ll tell you the answer.
They are skimping on their medications.
Mary did this –
She cut down on her medications to try to save some money.
The next thing she knew, she was in a manic episode.
And then do you know what happened?
She started spending money excessively because of the mania.
So she ended up with just the opposite of what she wanted.
Now she owes even more money, and is still struggling financially to pay for her medications.
But do you know what the worst thing Mary did was?
She played doctor for herself.
She never checked with her doctor before messing with her medications.
You can skimp on eating meals out, because you can always cook at home.
But medications are something that you just can NOT skimp on.
In my courses/systems, I stress how CRUCIAL it is for you to stay on your medications, no matter what:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
There are other options.
For example, if you explain to your doctor that you are having financial problems, he might be able to give you samples of medication.
If you have to pay for your doctor, psychiatrist, and/or therapist visits, you may be wanting to skimp there as well, and put off appointments.
But if you tell them what is happening, they may be able to put you on a sliding scale or work out payments with you.
Are you skimping on what counts?
Try to find other alternatives.