Affluenza

Affluenza, according to Google, is “a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation”. The word “Affluenza” itself originates from the combination of the two words “influenza” and “affluent”, quite literally meaning “the wealthy flu”. After a drunken driver in 2013 called Ethan Couch had killed several people and injured a few others, his attorney called a psychologist to the stand to testify that Couch has the so called condition “Affluenza.” Since Couch was given probation, was filmed violating it, and fled the country to Mexico only to be recaptured, many people have puzzled over the question; is Affluenza a real condition or is this just a way for guilty criminals to get out of jail?

It is not to hard to find Google’s opinion about this. In the definition above google claims affluenza is a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people. Here, the word supposedly shows why google doesn’t list affluenza as a medical condition when you look it up; they’re just not fooled by this argument. Other people make a different case.

Ethan Couch’s lawyer claimed that his parents had spoiled him to the point where he could not judge his actions accurately. “This kid is chronologically 16 years old, but the testimony is that he’s more like he’s 12” said a psychologist named Wynn. This  could support Ethan Couch’s case, because it claims that Ethan Couch could not control his actions. This argument got Couch’s jail time to be shortened, but he was still under probation.

After breaking the terms of the probation, Couch ran off with his mother to Mexico where they were captured and extradited to the United States.