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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Worrying: Are there Benefits?

If you’re a chronic worrier, there’s good news on the horizon: Experts have determined that not all worrying is bad. In fact, they believe that people who worry a lot tend to be highly intelligent, conscientious, responsible and organized. Keep in mind, however, they are talking about plain old fretting and fussing, not extreme worry or severe anxiety, which can be debilitating.

How Worry Helps

You may be doubtful that there are upsides to worrying, but here are a few examples of the good things worrying may bring:

  • Worrying motivates us to take action necessary to keep ourselves safe. For example, a little healthy worry prompts us to apply sunscreen or fasten our seat belts.
  • Worrying signals that something is wrong and needs attention. As a result, we become problem solvers.On the flip side, happy-go-lucky, worry-free people don’t usually brood about things, so they aren’t as involved in finding out answers.
  • Low levels of stress and worry actually increase blood flow to the brain. We are able to think more clearly and intently.

Too Much Worry

Don’t confuse moderate worry with chronic stress and anxiety that may cause severe health problems, including fatigue, high blood pressure, depression, aches and pains, weakened immune system and stomach problems. If you aren’t sure your worrying is healthy, here are signs that you may be worrying excessively:

  • You tend to see the worst possible scenario in every situation. Threats and danger are lurking everywhere.
  • You have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep because your mind is racing.
  • You experience unhealthy levels of guilt.
  • You replay unpleasant events and conversation in your head over and over again. You think about what you should have done differently.
  • You feel resentful that other people, including coworkers or family members, aren’t meeting your expectations.

Potential for Drug and Alcohol Dependence or Addiction

All too often, chronic worriers turn to drugs and alcohol to quell the disturbing thoughts. If you are self-medicating in unhealthy ways, drug and alcohol treatment or rehab can help you discover more effective ways of coping with worry and stress.

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