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This article is in the new Money Magazine. Somewhere in the article I expected them to mention that a visit to a psychiatrist or psychologist might be in order. Nope. Does anyone else here read "bipolar" between the lines? Maybe I just see bipolar in everything, but this just sounds like a classic spending spree.

Anyone else here have a similar experience? I had a two-year scrapbook supply spending spree. Fortunately I never got into deep debt, but I certainly piddled away most of my savings.

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It doesn't sound bi polar to me.  Just plain old addiction. That's my opinion.  I don't know enough about other flavors of MI, but I'm not seeing bi polar there. 

Which brings up the question in my mind... do you have to be MI to have an addiction?  I mean, not all Mentally Interesting people are prone to addiction (I've never been addicted to anything), so it stands to reason that not all people with addictions are Mentally Interesting.  Does that makes sense?

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Oh wow...I'm still using scrapbooking supplies from my last major manic spending spree. Holy cow!  Luckily, I see all these new things and am able to fight the urge by thinking "Just create your own" and put my energy into my business of designing.  My good friend still jokes about how I offered to buy her children some sandals during that spree.  This was of course before she knew I was bipolar and found it very odd. 

I can see how the lady in the article may seem bipolar, regarding the spending, but to me...when I'm spending, I have NO IDEA until I'm done and half the time...when it shows up a week later and I'm all "WTH?"  Also...I am very thrifty and careful with money in general, so I can tell a huge difference between the Me shopping because I want to, andthe Bipolar Me spreeing and spending money I don't have. Of course, this doesn't mean I havne't caused great damage, but this is something that I can now fend off a bit and I don't see it quote as an addiction as I do those mentioned in the article.

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