Efficacy of Cash in the Treatment of Anxiety

There's a revolutionary mental health claim in a hot new article - Therapeutic Efficacy of Cash in the Treatment of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders: Two Case Studies (e-pub ahead of print).

i-d8f2adbb35c763ba714d56cc04ea9c66-brain-lottery.gif The first case report involves a man who was laid off and lost his pension; after treatment with various SSRIs and sedatives with numerous side effects, the patient came into the office free of depressive symptoms. He claimed to have won the lottery, which fMRI brain scans [shown here] confirmed with evidence of a complete remission. In the second case, a single mother of four found her anxiety and depression lifted after a substantial inheritance. The change was verified by examination of the patient's mood ring, with a distinct change from green to happy blue. However, the mechanism of large sums of cash in the treatment of depression is not clear.

Psychiatric medications relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety by restoring chemical balance within the brain, but exactly how these drugs restore the brain's chemical balance while simultaneously wreaking havoc on every other organ in the body remains a mystery. Equally mysterious is the mechanism by which cash payments provide therapeutic benefit to depressed and anxious patients. The receipt of a large sum of money may somehow stimulate, increase, block, adjust or otherwise act upon the level, supply, transmission, inhibition, secretion or bodily excretion of dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, acetylcholine, gamma-aminobutyric acid, dihydrogen monoxide, propylene glycol or some other chemical compound yet to be discovered.

... In a random survey, 3,964 Medicaid patients were asked whether they would prefer to receive various combinations of prescription drugs for the rest of their lives, or a single lump sum payment of $250,000. The vast majority (99.93%) chose the cash option.

With no follow-up of the two patients studied here it is difficult to predict the long-term outcomes of sudden infusions of cash, but should its effect wane over time an appropriate drug is newly approved: Havidol.

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Do you really think this is funny? It certainly isn't at all amusing to anyone who suffers or has suffered from anxiety and it's dehabilitating co-diseases. You are really sick.

By Barbarajo Shevlin (not verified) on 12 Nov 2007 #permalink

yes... it is funny. I'm guessing you don't have any sense of humor and get offended easily?

No, "really sick" would be a picture of Steve having sex with kittens. This is satire. You know what satire means, right? You aren't just going around the internet complaining when someone makes fun of you, right? You're not just getting offended because your own special interest is invoked, you go around defending every possible ideology / disability / minority / majority that could conceivably be insulted by satire, right?

You're either oversensitive, a hypocrite, or the most active poster in the history of the internet.

By Waaaaaah! Teh … (not verified) on 12 Nov 2007 #permalink

Even if you don't find this satire funny, Barbarajo, humour in general is well-documented to have positive effects on the body.

Anxiety and depression are terrible, debilitating disorders to live with and through. Nobody's saying it isn't hard. Just have a chuckle along the road to wellness, okay?

Itâs amazing how experiments and the scientific method can produce such effective and useable sales strategies. However questioning the basis of rationality of the brain can be quite a troublesome task. I think that if society as a whole would use more common sense when going into financial endeavors it would solve most of the whole credit debt problem. If you were brought up to work for your money you will automatically have more discipline when it comes to finances and not leave your choices up to non-rational acts triggered by devious employed sales tactics.