Depression and anxiety have secondary consequences, beyond mood, that may impede living a more fulfilling life. Financial spending patterns may be symptomatic of underlying emotional issues like anxiety (compulsive over or under spending), depression (underspending as a result of not attending to responsibilities or self-care), or the mania phase of bipolar disorder (significant impulsive overspending that causes long term consequences).
Financial spending patterns may be symptomatic of underlying emotional issues.
Sometimes noticing our own patterns are difficult and others may have a clearer perspective. Depending on the source of the critique and how often it occurs, one may benefit from taking time to examine these financial spending patterns so spending can evolve in a manner that contributes to more global life fulfillment.
Making the decision to change your spending patterns is difficult but may require your attention if there are drastic changes in spending, there are significant consequences on broader areas of one’s life caused by the pattern of spending, the patterns of spending are contributing to relationship problems, or you are having emotional responses after the spending (i.e. guilt, shame, anger, anxiety, depression). Taking control of an issues like problematic spending can significantly contribute to moving closer to the life you want to live.