Managing Conflict

Conflict is never a desirable thing, but it is something that we all encounter frequently, in all walks of life. Whether it is at home, school, work, or with friends, conflict can arise at any time for almost any reason. How you deal with it can have a huge impact on your career path, your personal relationships, and your overall happiness in life. Below we have listed a number of tips to help you learn how to manage conflict, and resolve rather than escalate the situation.

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Emily Sullivan
Signs of Mental Illness in Younger Children

When people think of mental health, they tend to think of people in their teens and up. It is easy to forget, but children have minds that work as much as ours do, just in a different way. But for many different reasons, mental health issues in children are a subject that is often overlooked. In many cases, children may not have the ability to communicate their issues. Other times, parents will attribute any unusual behaviour to kids just being kids.

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Emily Sullivan
Mindful walking

Mindful walking is a form of meditation where you use a slow walk as an opportunity for observation and introspection. It involves being as relaxed as possible, while at the same time being hyper aware of your body and the world around you. This is to help rid your mind of any negative or cumbersome thoughts, and encourage you to live in the moment.

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Julie Farrar
Do smartphones affect our mental health?

It’s been just over 10 years since the first iPhone was unveiled, and now 90% of Irish adults have access to a smartphone. Despite being a relatively new phenomenon, the surges in popularity and use of smartphones have made them into a topic of key interest for psychologists. Because of this, there has been a lot of research into how smartphones could impact our mental health.

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Julie Farrar
Acupuncture and mental health

Acupuncture has been practiced for at least 2,500 years, but it was not until president Nixon made a trip to China in 1971 that the therapy started to grab the attention of the western world. During the trip, American reporter James Reston suffered a sudden case of appendicitis, and needed emergency surgery. As part of his post-op care, Reston received acupuncture treatment, and found it so effective that he wrote a piece about it for the New York Times. Thus, acupuncture was introduced to America, before making its way to Europe.

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Julie Farrar
How to cope with bullying

Whether it’s in the playground or the workplace, there will always be bullies in the world. But just like a thief has no right to take your stuff, a bully has no right to intimidate or hurt you. The fact that there will always be bullies does not mean that you should learn to put up with them, but rather that you should learn how to deal with them. So whether your bully is 6 or 60, we’re going to look at several ways you can cope with bullying.

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Julie Farrar
The link between mental illness and physical pain

The link between mental and physical health is one that has confounded medical professionals for thousands of years, and something that we have started to look at in greater detail over the past few decades. In short, we know that mental and physical health are linked, but this can occur in different ways and for different reasons. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the main ways mental and physical health are linked.

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Julie Farrar
Coping with panic attacks

Anxiety attacks can be dangerous and frightening, especially for those experiencing them for the first time. The attacks can vary from one individual to another and fluctuate in strength and time span. In the majority of cases however, the attacks are sudden, appearing out of the blue. Often, there is no clear reason for the attack. They may even occur when you’re relaxed or asleep.

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Julie Farrar
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (commonly referred to as OCD) is a mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and suffers from compulsive behaviour. OCD comes in many forms and it can range from mild to severe, and can progress over time.

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Julie Farrar
Binge eating disorder

The feeling of overeating will be familiar to many, especially during the festive period. However, those who suffer from binge eating do not do so for pleasure. Binge eating is a disorder that sees sufferers feel out of control. Although some connection can be made with obese people, anyone can suffer from the condition.

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Julie Farrar
Bullimia Nervosa

Like many mental health illnesses, bulimia nervosa can often be misunderstood. Some consider it as a lifestyle choice, with vanity being the end goal, when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Like many mental health illnesses, the way a person suffers can vary depending on a number of different factors. These factors can be personal, social, cultural or a mixture of all three.

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Julie Farrar
Types of eating disorders

With so many food choices surrounding us daily, and so much pressure from the media to look a certain way, it’s no wonder that eating disorders are so prevalent in the world today. Eating disorders can develop for so many reasons but no matter what the cause, the effect can be devastating.

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Julie Farrar
Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious eating disorder that affects women and men of all ages. It is most common amongst girls and young women. It is characterised by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of body weight. The term Anorexia literally means "loss of appetite," although this is misleading as people with Anorexia Nervosa are often very hungry but deny themselves food. It is a serious illness which can be fatal, although full recovery is possible with the appropriate support and treatment. 

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Julie Farrar
Phobias

Most people have an irrational fear or two, for some it’s that dreaded trip to the dentist, for others it’s the old urban legend of snakes in the toilet. And for most people, these fears are minor. It’s when these fears become so severe that they cause severe anxiety and interfere with your everyday life that they are classed as phobias.

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Julie Farrar
Depression: the signs and treatment

Sadness or downswings in mood are normal reactions to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness. It is a mental health issue, which affects your behaviour, feelings, energy and thinking.

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Julie Farrar
Types of depression

Depression is a difficult thing to pin down, at one time or another we’ve all said to ourselves “I feel depressed”, but are we depressed or just feeling sad? Generally feelings of depression are both psychological and physical but the symptoms are complex and vary between people.

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Julie Farrar
What's The Best Type Of Therapy For Me?

Working with a therapist is a smart way of helping you overcome any negative thoughts and feelings which may be affecting you. However, when it comes to choosing the right kind of therapy, it can be confusing to know which kind of mental health professional you want to work with.

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Julie Farrar