Real Money with Effie Zahos

Jess shares the financial impact her mum’s bipolar disorder had on the family

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Jess shares the financial impact her mum’s bipolar disorder had on the family

On today’s episode, we meet Jess. As a teenager, she noticed a change in her mum’s spending behaviour. She went on a year-long shopping frenzy that saw her spending $250,000.  It turned out to be a result of bipolar disorder. Jess recalls the effect this overspending had on the family. Effie is also joined by Dr Alexis Whitton from The Black Dog Institute. She offers her insights about the financial impact mental health issues such as bipolar can have and offers tips on safeguards that can be put in place to minimise the potential damage on finances.

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Podcast resources:

Tips to help overcome a spending addiction

How financial counsellors can help Australians in difficulty

Black Dog Institute Online Clinic free mental health assessment tool


If any issues on today’s episode raise concerns for you, help is also available through services such as Lifeline (13 11 14).

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