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

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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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Why Some People Think Sex Addiction Doesn’t Exist

Does sex addiction really exist? Is sexual addiction a true disorder?
Or is hypersexuality just an excuse for irresponsible behavior or

Those are complicated questions, and even experts in the world of
behavioral health and addiction will probably never agree on the

Many people think hypersexuality should be classified as an
addiction. They argue that it affects the brain in the same way as drugs
and alcohol, including the need for more and more sex accompanied by
withdrawal-like symptoms when sex isn’t available.

Like a substance use addiction, it becomes a vicious cycle when the
behavior increases the effect on the brain, thus causing more of the
behavior in order to maintain or repeat the feelings.

What do Opponents Say about Sex as Addiction?

Opponents say that sex isn’t addictive because unlike drugs and
alcohol, it doesn’t introduce a foreign chemical into the brain. In
other words, death can occur as a result of drugs and alcohol, but
nobody ever died as a result of too much sex. 

Hypersexuality isn’t included in the fifth version of the Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), considered to be the
last word on diagnosis and treatment. So far, gambling disorder,
formerly referred to as pathological gambling, is the only behavior
listed in the manual.

Compulsion or Disorder?

Compulsive sexual behavior doesn’t only include sex with another
person, but can also involve compulsive masturbation or pornography. In
fact, some people who engage in compulsive sexual behavior may not be
having sex with other people at all.

Many people agree that out-of-control or compulsive sexual behavior shouldn’t automatically be viewed as an addiction, even when it interferes with work, school or personal relationships, or when it results in health problems, money issues or legal difficulties. 

Treatment for Compulsive Sexual Behavior 

It doesn’t matter what you call it, but there’s no doubt that out-of-control sexual behavior creates tremendous problems for many people who can’t stop watching porn, or those who engage in risky sexual behavior or continually cheat on their partner or spouse. 

Treatment or rehab can help individuals who feel their sexual urges are out of control. With counseling, it’s possible for a person to determine why he engages in destructive behavior, which often goes hand-in-hand with depression, anxiety, ADHD or other underlying disorders. 

Negative behavior can also serve as a distraction from difficult thoughts or emotions, but treatment can provide more constructive ways of coping. 

Mindfulness meditation often helps people become more aware of those feelings, which have often been long-buried.

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