Category: Anxiety

How to survive Christmas with a difficult family.

(Journalist – Patrick Kelleher, Contributor – Deirdre Madden) Advice and ideas on how to make it through the festivities when it’s not a season of goodwill It is dubbed the most wonderful time of the year – but not for everybody. Christmas can be a time of joy and happiness for many, but what about …

The Gut-Brain Connection: The relationship to emotions and managing stress

Introduction The gut and the brain: two separate entities yet intimately connected. The gut is also referred to as the “second brain”. It is an organ system which comprises of the mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestines. It plays a major role, not only in our digestive health, but in the wellness of the entire body. …

How to Overcome Rapid Ejaculation (PE)

Rapid Ejaculation (PE) Rapid ejaculation (PE) is one of the most common sexual problems affecting an estimated 30% of men across all age groups and as with all of the ejaculatory disorders, leaves men with feelings of embarrassment and inadequacy. If you are worried that you have this complaint, consider first that the average lovemaking …

Counselling the Dyslexic, A Personal Experience

  This article is an overview of the research I’ve done into Dyslexia, how it impacts the individual in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. My own personal experience of dyslexia and what counsellors and psychotherapists should be aware of when dyslexia enters the therapy room. I was diagnosed with dyslexia in the early 1980’s. I was …

The challenges of returning home to Ireland

For many Irish people living abroad Christmas is a great milestone. Tickets are booked well in advance to avoid soaring prices. The build-up involves excitement, the prospects of meeting family, of where we will go, who we will see. Once we have reached our destination, we are rarely disappointed, friends, family, festivities, warmth and merrymaking …

The Importance of Sleep for a Healthy Mind and Body

  Research on sleep has been widespread and in-depth for many years. When it comes to our well-being, this research has shown time and again that proper amounts of sleep and rest lower a person’s risk of developing mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. It is therefore with little shock, that I listen …

When Eating Disorders Our World. A Psychoanalytic Approach

307.51 Bulimia: The essential features are episodic binge eating accompanied by an awareness that the eating pattern is abnormal, fear of not being able to stop eating voluntarily, and depressed mood and self-deprecating thoughts following the eating binges. (DSM p69) This is how bulimia is classified in the most commonly used diagnostic manual of our …

Understanding Trauma

Trauma, or the body’s loss of its natural ability to cope, is something that is being experienced by people ever more increasingly these days.  Traumatic responses manifest in our bodies when we experience a situation that overwhelms us in such a way that our normal habitual resilience and capacity to cope seem to suddenly desert …