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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Underlying Issues of Addiction: Depression

Addiction is a complex disorder and it isn’t always possible to identify the cause. However it is estimated that at least half of all people with a substance abuse disorder also struggle with an underlying issue such as depressionanxiety, bipolar disorder or traumaUnderlying disorders are often undiagnosed and people may be completely unaware of the problem – they only know that life isn’t working the way it should. Addiction often results when people turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to bury (or self-medicate) emotional or mental pain and discomfort.

Drugs, Alcohol and Depression

Drugs and alcohol serve a purpose for people who feel depressed. They feel better after consuming alcohol or drugs. The problem is that this "feeling better" is short-lived because tolerance develops, people need more and more of the substance to achieve the same effect and thus become addicted. This is a detrimental vicious cycle, as addiction doesn’t solve the original problem of depression, but instead, makes it much worse.

Alcohol – Depressed people often turn to alcohol to “drown their sorrows,” or “take the edge off.” It’s true that a drink can temporarily ease stress and anxiety, but alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that can actually trigger negative emotions such as hopelessness, sadness or tiredness. Alcohol can also cause or exacerbate feelings of anger, aggression or anxiety.

Stimulants – It makes sense that a depressed person might turn to stimulants to pick up a low mood. Unfortunately, stimulants such as amphetamines are dangerous drugs that can cause or exacerbate symptoms of depression. Cravings for the drug are powerful and depression during withdrawal can be “brutal” as many patients report.

Benzodiazepines – Drugs such as Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan are often used to self-medicate depression, but the drugs have significant potential for addition. “Benzos” can increase feelings of depression, and can actually dull a person’s ability to feel both pleasure and pain.

Marijuana – Marijuana can make depressed people better, but because it has both, sedative and stimulant qualities, use of the drug to self-medicate depression can backfire and again, make the problem much worse.

Treatment for Addiction and Depression

We at Paracelsus always treat the underlying depression along with the addiction. Treating the addiction alone may appear to work for a time, but relapse is common for people whose depression remains untreated and who don’t learn positive ways to manage negative emotions.

If you are struggling with addiction and depression, treatment can help you to recover from both ailments and learn to develop new strategies for coping with difficult emotions. Many people before you have done so!

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