Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

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After a traumatic experience, it’s normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. But if these feelings don’t fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can leave you feeling powerless and vulnerable so it’s important to realise that you’re not helpless. There are … Read More

What is a Personality Disorder?

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We’re all individuals with our own unique personalities. The word ‘personality’ refers to the pattern of thoughts, feelings and behaviour that makes each of us the individuals that we are. We are all individuals and don’t always think, feel and behave in exactly the same way – it depends on the situation we are in, the people with us, and … Read More

Overcoming Agoraphobia

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What does Agoraphobia mean to you? Many people assume that agoraphobia is simply a fear of open spaces but it’s more complex than this. Agoraphobia is a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult, or help wouldn’t be available if things go wrong. Most of us feel some anxiety at different times in our lives, however, it becomes … Read More

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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When you mention the term OCD, the first thing we might think of is someone who washes their hands a lot, or has to have the house absolutely spotless at all time. However, there’s a lot more to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder than you might think. What is OCD?  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD is characterised by repetitive behaviours aimed at … Read More

MyMind intern Kristine tell us what mental health means to her

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My Mind intern Kristine Brouder is studying Psychology at the University of Limerick. In her first blog post, Kristine talks about her experiences with MyMind and what mental health means to her. ‘’Why study Psychology? Are there even any jobs in that field? What is it that interests you about Psychology?’’ These are all questions I’ve encountered since deciding to … Read More

Five ways to stop worrying

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Did you know that for the average person, 80% of their thoughts contain some form of negative content, such as worrying? It’s not those negative thoughts themselves that cause the problem, but what we do with them. When we start to believe that the negative thoughts are actually true, that’s when we see problems. Luckily, there are some things you … Read More

Eating Disorders

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According to the Department of Health, up to 200,000 people in Ireland are affected by eating disorders. This high number sheds light on the importance of identifying the factors that lead to the development of eating disorders in order to establish methods of preventing them. Eating disorders often do a great deal of harm to those affected by them. Recognising … Read More

Living with an Anxiety Disorder

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We all get nervous or anxious from time to time when speaking in public, for example, studying for an exam, or just facing the every day stresses that life that throw at us. For some of us, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives. People with Anxiety Disorders often have a tendency to … Read More

Managing your anger

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Anger is a normal and natural human emotion and when managed properly it’s not a problem. We are not robots and it would be downright weird if we never got angry!  That said, anger can become an issue or start to negatively effect your life if it becomes overwhelming, or out of control. It’s an emotion that can range from mild … Read More

Addiction

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“When an individual persists in use of alcohol or other drugs despite problems related to use of the substance, substance dependence may be diagnosed. Compulsive and repetitive use may result in tolerance to the effect of the drug and withdrawal symptoms when use is reduced or stopped. This, along with substance abuse are considered substance use disorders…” Substance dependence can … Read More