A sinister side effect has also occurred for all the benefits that arise from the growing understanding of mental illness.
Increasingly – and cynically – some people are using their & # 39; mental health problems & # 39; now as an excuse for bad behavior. Nowhere is this more pronounced than with "sex addiction."
Time for rehabilitation? Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct
We know how it works. A celebrity or rich businessman (usually men) is stuck in an affair or sex scandal.
They immediately claim to be a sex addict and are taken to an exclusive rehabilitation clinic, safe in the knowledge that they will be the victims of a cruel illness, at least the gullible and ignorant.
Give it a year and they will smile back in public and talk about how they are & # 39; cured & # 39 ;.
Forgive my cynicism, but I was surprised to read this week that sex addiction is a real disease.
Researchers from the renowned Karolinska Institute in Sweden claim that people suffering from sex addiction have elevated levels of the hormone oxytocin – known as & # 39; the cuddle hormone & # 39; because it promotes bonding and affection in mammals.
An excess of hormones apparently means that individuals are forced to seek sex and & # 39; cannot control themselves & # 39 ;.
Undoubtedly, the findings come as a relief for the Michael Douglases and Tiger Woods of this world – former self-proclaimed sex addicts. But any suggestion that sex addiction has a neurobiological basis is, in my opinion, completely absurd.
Oxytocin has become a fashionable hormone to study in recent years. It is involved in all sorts of behavior, from gambling to excessive confidence. But there is concern in the scientific community that its impact on our actions is exaggerated.
Of course we should not ignore the effect of oxytocin on our body. But its effect on our lifestyle – not to mention libidos – is much more complicated than is often suggested. It certainly cannot be blamed for one's philandering ways.
Let us think logically about this.
Oxtocin is not just the & # 39; cuddle hormone & # 39; that encourages human affection, but it also causes labor in pregnant women and stimulates the production of breast milk.
It means that during a delivery and shortly thereafter the oxytocin levels of a woman are sky high. But if, as reported this week, oxytocin inspires sex addiction, why aren't all breastfeeding mothers permanently excited? Why isn't the maternity ward full of women ignoring their newborns and sweeping their phones on Tinder?
My answer is simple: sex addiction is a completely invented condition. And it is all the more worrying because there is now a very lucrative industry dedicated to offering private treatment. I have several friends who work privately as psychiatrists and who, if the patient can afford it, diagnose a person as a sex addict and offer treatment.
But away from their consulting rooms, these psychiatrists will admit that they find it ridiculous that sex addiction is considered a real disease.
However, the sex addiction lobby is powerful and is determined to get official recognition for this & # 39; disease & # 39 ;. The World Health Organization admitted last year.
It was a serious mistake and those of us who work in mental health have a duty to say so.
Because although it may cause self-chosen "sex addicts" to feel better about themselves, medicalizing philandering behavior ultimately makes the lecherous and unfaithful of any responsibility for their behavior.
Certainly, there are people who use casual encounters to avoid intimacy, and those for whom sex is a way to numb themselves to emotional pain. Others may use it improperly to brighten up an otherwise unfulfilled life.
But this is not a disease. It is a choice, a weakness – and one that needs to be addressed with therapy or counseling.
It may sound loud, but it is also liberating. Because if sex is something that people choose to do too much, then they can also choose not to do it.
Saying, "It wasn't me, it was my hormone," is perhaps the easier answer, but it's also the wrong one.
Why faddy diets are pure foolishness
Self-proclaimed health guru Sarah Wilson, who wrote a book titled I Quit Sugar, has now said she ignores her own advice to millions of her followers and eats chocolate and cake whenever she feels like it.
I have serious doubts about any diet that maligns certain foods. I know it's boring, but good food is about eating moderately and not excluding any food group.
Self-proclaimed health guru Sarah Wilson, author of I Quit Sugar, has now said she ignores her own advice to millions of her followers and eats chocolate and cake whenever she feels like it
Particularly worrying is that many of the promoters of these fad diets have no background with nutrition, but are still free to determine what is "healthy" and what is not. All too often their advice is based on anecdote and dodgy science.
Many of my patients with eating disorders claim that they follow "clean food" or other restrictive diet regimens. The appeal lies in the fact that it places strict rules on what they can and cannot eat – behavior that is also the core of many eating disorders.
Sarah Wilson has now written a book about fear. I would like to say that, ironically, it is her flip-flop approach to food that can cause so much fear in people in the first place.
And if sex addiction is a disease, the same should apply to obesity. The British Psychological Association says that obesity is not a choice and instead of describing people as obese, we must say that they "live with obesity."
Again, it is completely the wrong approach. Yes, obesity is often rooted in psychological problems and psychological help can help people address their relationship with food – as I argued last week. But it makes no sense to suggest that we are powerless to control the amount of food we consume. Obese people say that they are bystanders in their own lives, is the ultimate powerlessness.
Dr. Max prescribes … Isabel Online Symptom Checker
We all ended up at Dr. Google for a diagnosis. Too often patients look at unreliable sites. This free symptom check uses artificial intelligence and is based on a doctors' favorite. It is easy to use, allows you to key in symptoms or concerns and provides a comprehensive list of possible diagnoses with advice on where you can go and when you can get urgent help.
Vapen is safer than 20 a day
Vapen is examined after the possible link with 12 deaths in the US and up to 1,000 more – including many teenagers – who have serious lung problems.
California has warned people to stop vaping, while President Trump has announced plans to ban flavored vapors products.
Several of the American cases seem to be related to the vinaling of THC, derived from cannabis, and liquids that contain vitamin E acetate. We have strict regulations in the UK and such concerns have not arisen here so far.
Public Health England continues to subscribe to e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, but many people are increasingly confused by sensational headlines from the Atlantic.
Vapen is examined after the possible link with 12 deaths in the US and up to 1,000 more – many of them teenagers – who have serious lung problems (file image)
When I told e-cigarettes to a cleaner this week at work, he said he was worried about the risks, so he would continue to smoke 20 cigarettes a day.
We know that cigarettes kill half of those who smoke them. It would be a tragedy if isolated incidents elsewhere prevent people from switching to vaping.
I will gladly stick my neck out here: if you smoke, switch to e-cigarettes. Don't put it off.
Gucci is under fire after he has sent models over the catwalk in straits. A protest by writing & # 39; mental illness is not a fashion & # 39; on her hands and social media broke out with accusations from the fashion house.
What I hate about these "outliers" is that it is just more of the same indignation as they scramble to show how much they "care" with their pathetic virtue signaling. It's all about them.
Back in the real world, there are real inequalities in how the NHS treats people with mental illness, many of whom have serious problems who do not have access to the help they need. Unfortunately, this state of affairs will never be trending on Twitter.
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