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Sunday, May 30, 2010

A New Disease: Debt-Related Stress Disorder

According to a recent poll, Americans are suffering from stress about debt...duh.

From the USA Today health blog (May 30),
"An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that 46% of those surveyed say they're suffering from debt-related stress, and half of that group described their stress as a "great deal" or "quite a bit." On the other hand, about 53% say they feel little or no stress at all."
So let me put on my sarcasm hat and suggest that we define a new disease:  Debt-Related Stress Disorder (or DRSD--every disease needs an acronym).  There are legions of therapists just waiting for the income opportunity.  Of course, these patients have no extra income to spend on therapy, so the Helping Profession will have take I.O.U.'s.

The notion that this could become a disease is not far-fetched.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which was originally defined in relation to the horror of experiencing hand-to-hand combat, is now applied to "people who have been sexually harassed on the job, moveiegoers upset by seeing The Exorcist, and motorists involved in minor accidents..." (from One Nation Under Therapy, by Sommers and Satel--recommended reading).

DRSD is less radical than social anxiety disorder--what we used to call shyness.

Debt-Related Stress can then be added as a benefit under health care plans that meet government standards.

That way all 46% in the survey above will qualify for treatment...until they pay off the disease-causing debt...Never.

Doc D

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While domestic violence and child abuse rise and funding for both are set aside to cover the whiners.

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