How would I cope without my iPad, iPhone, iPod and MacBook Pro? I'm an Apple geek. I used not to get Apple things, and was a strong supporter of the PC and Windows, until Windows 7 came out. I got an iPod first and uploaded all my CDs, then I got an iPhone - being a bit manic, I then had to have an iPad, and finally a MacBook Pro 15" with retina display. They are all wonderful gadgets.
When I'm manic, I spend money like water, and have used up a lot of cash paying off manic spends. Why do we buy when we're high? It's baffling. But it has to be done. HT take away my credit cards, except the one I hide, but I can still spend on Amazon and eBay. Parcels galore arrive, but the fun is in the buying, not the opening, particularly when bidding on eBay. eBay is a bipolar person's dream site - hundreds of thousands of items, many of which I find are Must Have. As I think I've already said somewhere, this time it was ashtrays - lots of them. And yet another pair of driving gloves, which I shall never wear. It's often electronic things, like laptops or mobiles. I can't buy much more as my house is officially full.
When I come down after the high, I am shocked and appalled at what I've bought and the money I've spent. Items that gave me pleasure now make me anxious. I check my credit card bills and am horrified by what I see on them. When I'm manic, I often take out another credit card, and this adds to my anxiety when I'm low.
I spent 16 years in the RAF defending the Free World , then got bunged out unceremoniously for being bipolar. I and was subsequently diagnosed with PTSD. Funny old world, isn't it?