At the end of each month we tend to very much agree on our upcoming budget. Yet as the new month starts and progresses these goals tend to disappear with each stressful situation. Money just burns a whole into his pocket and his mind seems to tell him that there is a money tree in our backyard.
One of the symptoms of bipolar disorder can be poor impulse control and he is definitely struggling with that. He has gotten better about it but there is still more work to be done. When he first started having more problems back in 2007 he would insist on spending money we didn't have to spend and if I tried to put my foot down a bad argument would ensue. It was easier at times to just give in times. Almost three years later we are still trying to break this cycle. It has caused a lot of headaches (and heartaches).
As always, I try to apply my motto 'One day at a time' to this. We have seen progress and I am hopeful that we continue to get better at this. For L to get better at controlling these urges and for me to continue to get better at setting boundaries.