Thilo Beck at WEF Roundtable - A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society

Goals House Roundtable, World Economic Forum, Davos – Thilo Beck

A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society: Elaborating on Key Points.   We are living through a historical period defined by uncertainty, which is having a profound impact on our mental health. Research shows that – on average, 15% of working-age adults live with a mental health condition globally,…

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Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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The Pandemic-Push: Why are so Many People Suddenly Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in. More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing. The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates…

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Magnets and Depression

Depression, a chronic condition marked by sadness and feelings of hopeless, makes life difficult for millions of people around the world. Sometimes, simply getting out of bed in the morning is a tremendous challenge.

Is it possible that magnets can relieve severe symptoms of depression? It may sound too good to be true, but there are strong indications that a technique known as transcranial magnetic stimulation may be help people who haven’t had satisfactory relief of symptoms from counseling, antidepressants and other standard treatments for depression.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as Depression Treatment: Does it Work?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive technique in which a technician places a small device on the forehead. The device delivers short but intense pulses to the brain, generating an electrical current that stimulates nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex.

Scientists believe the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with regulation of emotions and moods, may be too active in depressed people, thus causing negative emotions and feelings of hopelessness.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation shouldn’t be considered a miracle cure for depression, although many people enjoy partial or total relief of symptoms. The treatment may provide an answer when traditional therapies haven’t worked

Research is still needed to determine if transcranial magnetic stimulation is more effective when used in conjunction with talk therapy. It also remains to be seen if the treatment may help people with anxiety, schizophrenia or attention deficit syndrome (ADD). There are indications it may be helpful for stroke patients and migraine sufferers.

Side effects are mild and generally consist of slight discomfort during treatment. There is no sedation. The non-invasive treatment takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Most people receive three to four treatments per week for four to six weeks, although some people may have daily sessions. Others may need an additional treatment or a regular booster session if symptoms return.

The treatment has been approved by the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for depression, but it is rarely covered by insurance.

Drugs, Alcohol and Depression

There is some concern that the treatment may cause depressed people to give up on antidepressants too quickly or to turn away from therapy or other treatments that may be helpful.

Standard treatments are still beneficial for most people with depression, although some may not receive complete relief. Rehab for alcoholism or drug addiction may be required for people who turn to drugs or alcohol to relieve symptoms of depression.

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