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Manic impulse spending

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polesapart
April 7, 2012 - 5:05 am
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polesapart
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When I do those big extravagant purchases during manic phases I'm always aware that it's a bit 'out there' and I feel excited and high and know that it's a bit nuts to do it. I'm not talking about the impulsive need to have an ice cream maker, but the big things that I really can't afford such as the big expensive holiday, or a piano.

I'm just curious as to what other people's experiences are. Do you think it's reasonable and aren't really aware that maybe you wouldn't buy that normally? Or like me do you have that 'what am I doing?' moment, but justify the expense to yourself and still make the purchase?


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polesapart
April 7, 2012 - 5:05 am
When I do those big extravagant purchases during manic phases I'm always aware that it's a bit 'out there' and I feel excited and high and know that it's a bit nuts to do it. I'm not talking about the impulsive need to have an ice cream maker, but the big things that I really can't afford such as the big expensive holiday, or a piano.

I'm just curious as to what other people's experiences are. Do you think it's reasonable and aren't really aware that maybe you wouldn't buy that normally? Or like me do you have that 'what am I doing?' moment, but justify the expense to yourself and still make the purchase?


rjmhaley
April 7, 2012 - 8:00 am
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For me it is just an overwhelming demand that must be fulfilled. Around 20 years ago, before I was diagnosed, I found and went to a store focussed on salt water aquariums. I spent over $1,500 to set up a coral reef aquarium in my living room. I spent another 3 or 4 thousand dollars over the next two years (I wasn't working then and money was tight) and then decided that the upkeep was too much and I gave everything to Goodwill.

Three years ago I got the urge again. While my wife was out of town I spent around $1,000 on a fresh water tank. I kept it less than a year. I knew I didn't really want the thing. I knew how much work it would be. I knew my interest would wane as soon as the newness wore off. But I was compelled and obsessed. I simply could not resist my impulse.

With me it is definitely a "what am I doing?", or better yet, a "Why can't I stop this?"


I'm damned if I'll be defeated.
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rjmhaley
April 7, 2012 - 8:00 am
For me it is just an overwhelming demand that must be fulfilled. Around 20 years ago, before I was diagnosed, I found and went to a store focussed on salt water aquariums. I spent over $1,500 to set up a coral reef aquarium in my living room. I spent another 3 or 4 thousand dollars over the next two years (I wasn't working then and money was tight) and then decided that the upkeep was too much and I gave everything to Goodwill.

Three years ago I got the urge again. While my wife was out of town I spent around $1,000 on a fresh water tank. I kept it less than a year. I knew I didn't really want the thing. I knew how much work it would be. I knew my interest would wane as soon as the newness wore off. But I was compelled and obsessed. I simply could not resist my impulse.

With me it is definitely a "what am I doing?", or better yet, a "Why can't I stop this?"


I'm damned if I'll be defeated.