Sudden Wealth Syndrome


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Sudden Wealth Syndrome

Feelings of depression, guilt, or alienation thought to be caused by earning a great deal of wealth in a short period of time. For example, if one purchases a stock that inexplicably skyrockets and makes one a millionaire overnight, one may begin to feel isolated from family or friends. Sudden wealth syndrome is not generally recognized as an actual disease.
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In fact, psychologists recently reported that young millionaires in the technology industry are experiencing something called "Sudden Wealth Syndrome," a condition of restlessness and worry bordering on paranoia.
The May issue of Money magazine talks about the epidemic of "sudden wealth syndrome" in Silicon Valley, the symptoms of which include a feeling of being "uncomfortably different" from others, sexual inhibition in the face of a potential onslaught of gold diggers, and paranoia about picking up the phone, lest some subgazillionaire supplicant await you on the other end of the line.
Hoy se acepta con mas seriedad la existencia de un "sudden wealth syndrome" o "sindrome de riqueza repentina", una coleccion de sintomas y malestares sicologicos y sociales.
Well, Mafiaboy, you sure told them, the ones who are signing up at Silicon Valley's Money, Meaning & Choices Institute to treat their newly diagnosed "Sudden Wealth Syndrome." "I'm here too," you said.
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