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ADD and Bipolar Mood Disorder Part 2

Posted Nov 17 2008 11:51pm

Monty Loree of http://money-maturity.blogspot.com asked "I don't have ADD, but I do know people who are ADD and bipolar. Is there a way to insulate yourself emotionally and stressfully against these financial surprises? Can you anticipate these problems to a certain extent to ease the blow?  I'm just curious"

One of the biggest weaknesses that adults with ADD have is that it is harder to anticipate financial surprises because of the inability to focus on mundane activities. For example you could anticipate that if bad sounds are coming out of your car you should probably take it to the repair shop. Many adults with ADD will mentally and emotionally block out the sounds because they do not want to deal with the problem. When the car breaks down an ADD adult is not prepared because they have blocked out the problem. I think the best way to handle financial surprises is to make sure you have an emergency fund set up to deal with these issues. It is also important to focus on solving the issue rather than the problem itself. It can also be helpful to discuss the issue with someone that you trust to help you cope with the problem.

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