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A New Low For Car Salesmen: Taking Advantage Of Bipolar Customers?

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A woman in Michigan is suing a car dealership for taking advantage of her bipolar disorder by leasing her a $32,000 Mazda CX-9 when she went in for an oil change(confirming that old adage that only the clinically depressed lease cars). According to the woman, a side effect of her disorder is "impulsivity and difficulty in decision-making," which makes us feel better about her driving the biggest Mazda you can buy. It almost seemed like things were going to work out as the dealership said they'd take the car back if they got a doctor's letter detailing the woman's condition... but then the dealership delivered the car anyway and left the keys in the mailbox. If the suit is successful look to see this excuse used frequently, especially by anyone who purchased a Pontiac Torrent

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Bipolar Michigan Woman Sues Dealer for taking Advantage of Mental Illness To Sell Her Car [FOX NEWS]

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DISCUSSION

OK, I have to speak up here. Living with Bipolar I, (the worst variant) I fully understand and agree that impulsive behavior is one of the most telling characteristics inherent in the illness. I have weathered my fair share of consequences following erratic and unpremeditated shopping. I've come home with hundreds of dollars worth of cleaning supplies only to have them gather dust in the pantry. I've amassed an impressive collection of gadgets, some of which I never use. I've indulged in art supplies and beads that still gather dust in my basement. But, one thing I haven't done is gone back to the respective merchants and insisted that they accept whatever it is I bought on the basis that I was experiencing a manic episode.

It seems that when bipolar disorder appears in the news it is always negative. I cringe every time someone with bipolar disorder shoots up a school or goes "postal" in the workplace. Because of the stigma associated with bipolar, I am very careful with whom I share my condition. (In fact, it is a big step for me to blog about it.) The fact is that the general public simply do not understand mental illness. And, the actions of this woman, to sue the car dealership, takes the negative public impression to a new level.

The trick living with this illness is to do everything possible to alleviate the symptoms once you know you have it. It is incurable and is not going away. So, it becomes a permanent personal responsibility to develop a strong relationship with a good doctor, take all prescribed medications, and, unfortunately, accept the consequences that follow manic behavior.

I'd love to know what else is behind this story. Was she taking her medicine? Does she see a doctor regularly? How on earth can the salesperson be taking advantage of her illness? There is no possible way he could have know she had bipolar disorder.

Well, I will be following this story and keeping you posted. If she is successful, it could open the door for all kinds of craziness in the world to be blamed on the disorder. And while craziness comes with the territory, it should not be used to shirk responsibility.

Now, please excuse me . . . I'm going shopping.