Divining the Link Between Health and Wealth

Divining the Link Between Health and Wealth
When I was studying psychology in college, the one theory that always stuck in my mind was Maslow’s Heirachy of Needs. This theory fully explained human behavior as a whole to me. The theory that Abraham Maslow created is similar, in a sense, to the periodic table of elements (for those fibro warriors who still remember biology class in seventh grade). Maslow explains that human needs vary on different levels, and what drives people depends on where they are on that very pyramid of needs. For example, if your very simple and fundamental needs are not met, such as food, water shelter, emotional needs, etc., then one can’t progress to the next stage of time. This theory resonates with me perfectly as someone with an invisible illness. So, what has this to do with fibromyalgia? For those of us living with fibromyalgia, we might be only one or two steps beyond having our most basic needs met. When we are constantly under stress, or in fight-or-flight mode, it is really hard to focus on other needs. Therefore, we might not be taking proper care of our health as a whole. For example, if you are having financial struggles, it becomes very easy to put your health on the back burner. As a mom of two little ones, and while going through a divorce, I’ve found this to be increasingly true. I know I have to take care of myself to stay healthy enough to care for my boys, but the day-to-day challenges make it easy to forget appointments, forget to take my medication, or even to miss an exam or X-ray from time to time. According to an article I recently read in the American Psychological Association, “As you move up the socioeconomic status hierarchy, your health aspects continue to improve." Makes sense, right? But what does this mean for patients with fibromyalgia o
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  1. Denise Bault says:

    Of course there is a direct correlation between income and health services. That’s the American way! The more money you have, the better the health care services you can afford. But what happens to those of us that WERE financially secure and then lost it all because of this horrible illness? I know I did. Thank God for disability. Even with that, it’s all I can do to keep a roof over my head, food in the pantry and pay for my insurance, medications, co-pays, etc. Makes it a little hard hard to “climb a financial ladder,” slowly or otherwise. In fact, what has happened is I’ve gone through my life’s savings, lost my home and am slip sliding my way down said ladder. I wish I had all the money I’ve spent on this illness! Then I wouldn’t need disability. So, start saving those bucks now, folks. You never know when you’ll be next and it goes faster than you can ever imagine!

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