You May Be Suffering From 'Money Disorder'

As part of its plan to pathologize (and profit from treating) every single mode of human behavior, the therapy industry has joined forces with financial advisors to help people with money problems, creating, reports the Times, a new field "where budget planning meets psychological counseling." You don't need to be poor or in debt to need such services, by the way: You might be rich and guilty about it (and, not that this is relevant, able to pay for "programs" and "workshops"). Suze Orman, what hath yee wrought?

Did you know, for instance, that just because you're not a kleptomaniac, a gambler, or a compulsive shopper, that doesn't mean you don't have a "money disorder" that could—should—be treated with six days of intensive group therapy costing $2,675? Wynonna Judd attended one such program, and while she goes on the record to talk about the vague benefits she received—she realized she only needed two Harleys, not five!—we think it's more likely that she was fifth on the list of addiction poster children the program's directors contacted for a covert spokesperson deal. Still, well done Times for leaving no stone unturned to find a new "human" angle to a financial story.

How to Treat a 'Money Disorder' [NYT]