Is Your Teen Socially Anxious or just Introverted?

Does your teen seem to lack friends and spend most of their time alone? Most parents are worried by signs that their child is isolated or disconnected from their peers – and with good reason. Adolescence is a period where young people typically turn towards their peers for the identification and social interaction they used to get from their families. They become increasingly aware of the society outside their immediate home and school environment, and orient themselves towards the world as a whole. If your teen seems to be turning inwards instead of outwards, you might worry that something is wrong, or that they don’t get to experience the aspects of life that they need to grow into fully formed adults.

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Lauren Casey
Managing your self-critic

Does it often feel like you’re your own worst enemy? Like your self-esteem and confidence is held back by a small voice at the back of your mind, magnifying your failures and discounting your successes? In such a way that, even if something goes well (say, an exam or a social event), it doesn’t reduce your fear of messing up next time? In that case, your inner critic might be too powerful.

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Lauren Casey
How to build self-compassion

We all know that believing in ourselves is important. Countless films, fairytales and even advertisements have told us that we can accomplish anything if we just believe in ourselves. So having low self-esteem can easily feel like failure – another way in which you’re not the person you should be. Trying to love yourself can feel like a tall order when it seems like you’re barely acceptable, and trying to force it can leave you feeling hopeless.

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Lauren Casey
Addiction or Coping Strategy? (Part II)

Do you have issues with substances? Because of the way drinking and drugs are seen as part of normal youth life, it can be hard to tell if you have a problem, or if you’re just doing the same as everyone else. However, research shows that most young people assume that others drink more than they actually do, and thus underestimate their own drinking in comparison.

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Lauren Casey
Understanding You: World Mental Health Week 2018

It’s World Mental Health Week from 7th - 13th October 2018 and this year the focus is building awareness for young people and their mental health in a changing world.

Below are some helpful tips for young people on dealing with mental health challenges and some guidelines to understanding why they may be feeling or behaving in a certain way.

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Julie Farrar
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
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
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
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
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