All posts by Aidan O'Connell

State Of Your Mental Health Part 2
16th September 2017

State Of Your Mental Health Part 2! Guys, Fascinating reading below, another 25 new -1 liners (a tweeet) on folks meds/Mental Health. This is such a privilege. As you know I'm piecing together a blog where 250 people give their...

Pharmacy Technicians : Aidan writes on Methadone
15th September 2017

Methadone This morning I was drinking coffee in a coffee house, as two pharmacy technicians were discussing their methadone patients. Ethics aside, their conversation contained too many inaccuracies and made me feel compelled to draw up a quick piece from...

JK Rowling, Andrew Tate. Aidan O’Connell Twitter spat by MH Pharmacist
14th September 2017

    Its no lie to say the "Pharmacist on Mental Health" is presently my best friend in Mental Health on Social Media at present. She's a breath of fresh air and very easy to talk to whilst ridiculously intelligent...

900KM Trek for MentalHealthIreland across the country -Maysen Forbes
12th September 2017

Hey guys, I was reached out to recently  by Maysen who's 25 and from Canada (soon to live in the United Kingdom) Maysen has arrived in Ireland to hike   "The Ireland Way". Maysen is taking on the hike to prove that mental...

State Of Your Mental Health Part 1
8th September 2017

  State Of Your Mental Health Part1 On Sunday, Sept 3 I sent out the following "I'm writing a blog on attitudes to meds for Depression, Anxiety etc(given the big anti med movement)Can you give your opinion in a tweet "...

Are anti depressants addictive-Twitter argument
7th September 2017

    Today, The Pharmacist on Mental Health writes a small piece, if you have been following my Twitter this week, you'll know that it exploded . I got messages from Twitter itself asking did I need a hand with...

ECT-It’s not barbaric. It’s very often successful
28th August 2017

  ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy) has a bad name and I do not agree with that. I personally have never had ECT, but I very much would. Why? Because I have had an independent look at the subject and know...

Mental Health in pictures
27th August 2017

  A picture paints a thousand words. I love imagery and today I said I would pick 25 from my I Cloud. All MH related. I look forward to your feedback. Busy week of posts ahead.   k    ...

Mental Health Quotes challenging +controversial.
25th August 2017

Hi Guys, The last couple of days, I have scoured the internet for Mental Health quotes that were good, bad and ugly. I think all of these stimulate conversation or thoughts in your mind. If they do, then this has...

Books you might like
23rd August 2017

10 best books to help you understand Mental Health I am an avid reader and today I thought I’d share some favourite books on Mental Health : The Bell Jar   Written by poet and author Sylvia Platt. The Bell...

I explain EUPD
22nd August 2017

Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder: We hear a lot more about this condition now. I cannot recall how many times I have been asked to explain the difference between BPD and EUPD. BPD being the old name for EUPD and representing...

#StateOfMyMentalHealth Aidan’s newhashtag
22nd August 2017

    #StateOfMyMentalHealth - I asked 16 friends on Monday. 21.8.17 and Tuesday 22.8.17 to describe their Mental Health in 140 characters or a little more. It’s all anonymous, but it's  a representation of how people describe their Mental Health...

I beat opiates. 45 days. I’m out of hospital
17th August 2017

Opiate Addiction Resd  my story and the danger of opiates and share or RT or like. Opiates are prescribed to relieve acute pain, however prolonged use can lead to addiction and abuse. Common opiates in Ireland include prescription painkillers such...

My Best friend died. You must read the last paragraph
14th August 2017

I found out some years ago my best friend (who I lived with) had cancer. It was a devastating blow. It didn’t bother her all of the time, but there were days she endured a lot. Most of the suffering...

Aidan pens open letter to Sinead O’Connor
9th August 2017

    Dear SInead, I have watched your video a number of times. Mental illness is very real. I know the struggles of every day life are also very real, but I have not walked in your shoes, so I...

Letter to the BBC (Panorama TV Show)
31st July 2017

Prescription for murder (BBC Panorama) aired last week. Let's pretend there's a medication taken by millions of us daily that turns some of us into murderers. This was the theme of the recent Panorama episode on antidepressant medication ever so...

Telling your manager you have a Mental Health condition
22nd July 2017

When Madalyn Rose Parker tweeted a screenshot of an email exchange with her boss a couple of weeks ago, she didn’t expect it to go all over the internet and go viral “I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my...

Aidan statement -In Rehab
2nd July 2017

Aidan statement Today, Sunday 2 July, I checked into rehab. I have had to make this profoundly difficult decision on my own. Even those closest to me haven't know the severity of anxiety, chronic pain and drug addition I've been...

Huff Post/Mental Health in 10 Statistics
1st July 2017

Thanks  to the Huff Post who gave approval to #EndTheStigma, Aidan. Here are the Mental Health stats that I worry about. They are US Stats, but I have many US Followers and it isn't too dissimilar in Europe, as I...

Radical suggestion /Drug legalisation
29th June 2017

  Hey guys, we face the end of. the first half of 2017. We have a Guest Post from my very  good friend Anne Moss Rogers. Anne runs "Emotionally Naked" (annemoss.com) She tragically lost her son Charles to drugs. This...

Fighting Depression:Tools to add to Anti Depressants
28th June 2017

   Fighting Depression with tools to compliment Anti Depressants   You guys know I'm a big fan of Psychotropic meds, but continuing in the vein of short straightforward posts, let's look at what else you can do besides meds. Pls...

Eating Disorders  -Here’s what sufferers say
27th June 2017

    Eating Disorders are very serious and frequently stigmatised in my opinion I spoke to ten folk, the majority in recovery.We hear their words on their "Current Status" (!), thank god. It's complex. Eating Disorders are- Multi faceted Illness...

Mum time!! Mum asks about lithium /Pregnancy
26th June 2017

Today is a Q and A session on Lithium and pregnancy It's a question from a young lady, medicine based advice, so naturally I steer away quite a bit from that, rather I discuss it more and then advise that...

Anti Depressants/Bet you didn’t know
15th June 2017

So I want to #EndTheStigma on Anti Depressants today as it’s Men Health week 12.6.17-18.6.17. I take an anti depressant- shocker given difficulties conquered-I have taken 2 before also-shocker again. The reality is there are a number of med classes...

Desperate Teen asks Aidan Q
12th June 2017

I am a 13 year old boy. I think I might have Depression and I have thought of suicide occasionally. I have depressing thoughts and I often miss school because I can’t event make my self get out of my...

Suicide Realities and Myths
11th June 2017

Let's be frank, suicide isn't a subject we might like to talk about, but it's important to talk about suicide for a multitude of reasons: saving lives and today- to dispel myths and compare myths to realities. A SUICIDES PEAK...

The physical effects of Depression
9th June 2017

Depression is a mental illness, but we may experience physical symptoms as part of our condition. In this post I outline the most common physical problems associated with depression, and share some tips. For a change, it's written in plain English! ACHES...

Your How to Guide to Depression
8th June 2017

So you have heard of Sophie Alston. She is an incredible artist and is guest blogging today, with thanks. Sophie Alston is legitimately a top UK artist who lives and works in London. She graduated from MA Fine Art at...

Writer in distress contacts me
6th June 2017

Dear Aidan, I love your website, Twitter and Instagram Here's my problem.. I think I might have the Bipolar Disorder. I get extremely depressed for weeks and months on end, losing my appetite for food, being unable to sleep and...

Death writes to you
29th May 2017

Did you ever think death would write to you! It's not as morbid as you think. This piece today comes from my very very good friend, Jody Betty. Jody is someone who has wrestled successfully before with the blackest dog,...

In bed for 18 hours a day
26th May 2017

There's a politician in Ireland at the moment with reference to the phrase "Get up early" and how he's working for those who "get up early" I abhor the statement for a variety of reasons, but it made me think...

Terrorism -Paying respect / prevention
25th May 2017

So I wake up Tuesday, I have a shower and shave and a fast breakfast and then do as I do every day, I go back up and sprawl out on the bed and spend 20 mins (I give myself...

Aidan advises against opiates
24th May 2017

There are a large number of people addicted to opioids across the United States and Europe and Ireland. You could legitimately call it a crisis. Quite often the medicine will say "Take for no more than three days, yet you'll...

15 Quotes on Depression
12th May 2017

Let's have a short one. 20 quotes on Depression which is now the leading cause of incapacity per the World Health Organisation.... Perhaps you can relate? 1. "There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and...

Journalist+friend Dara Quigley dies by suicide
11th May 2017

There's days it is difficult to be motivated.There are days it's difficult to be motivated to live in Ireland My friend Dara Quigley has died by suicide. Dara and I were regular conversationalists on Social Media and to each other....

Bulimia Nervosa
10th May 2017

Hi Guys, I am studying Bulimia Nervosa and the following is from Psychology Today and with their permission. Today we look at Bulimia and associated features, medical complications, treatment and prevention (key) Today. We focus on Bulimia Nervosa. It had...

Benzodiazepines-Short Paper
9th May 2017

Benzodiazepines -a very short condensed paper by Aidan O'Connell Today, I'm just looking at the main meds, addiction and withdrawal. This is a very short paper and doesn't intend to advise anyone. Talk to your Doctor Alprazolam (Xanax) The National...

Grieving Mother reviews #13ReasonsWhy
8th May 2017

Welcome to the second week of May. Another big week in Mental Health Education You'll see an frequency of posts guys as I have been doing a lot of research, digging around and making more connections. Keep an eye out....

Today is the day we fight back
7th May 2017

Todag a great friend, a guest blogger, Ms. Jess Melancholia Jess Melancholia is a blogger for Huffington Post, bpHope Magazine, The Mighty, and The International Bipolar Foundation. Jess lives in San Diego, California with her husband and cat. Jess was...

13ReasonsWhy is dangerous and rubbish
30th April 2017

13 Reasons Why is a terrible show with bad acting and a main character -Hannah Baker who isn't particularly likeable. Hannah like all the girls in this American high school is treated like a second class citizen. She records 13...

Suicide Note, Fight Back
26th April 2017

Hello, Original post from Aidan. It's been a while. First of all, I am pretty astounded to be writing. My big announcement was going to be a farewell. I thought I had the i's dotted and T's crossed. I had...

A letter to anyone struggling
24th April 2017

Hi, I hope all are well Last week of Guest bloggers, it's May next week!! May 1-relaunch! Kelly Aiello is good friend of mine. She's ridiculously intelligent and a student of neuropsychology. She has Bipolar, but certainly isn't defined by...

How to manage stress before it kills you
22nd April 2017

Hello, so today is my a cool day for me- Apr 22, my website is officially a year old. I am very happy with that, but huge plans for the year ahead, big progressive changes, really innovative ideas going into...

Anxiety and  Becky
18th April 2017

Have you heard of Becky Pritchard? She's the latest excellent Mental Health Blogger, Stigma Fighter and Twitter Warrior. She's pretty cool. She's very open with her own Mental Health too, as you'll read. She's open re her Mental Health conditions...

Is the new method of Suicide online
15th April 2017

I'm back again with a guest blog thats one of my best friends, Jody Betty. As mentioned on Thursday 13 April when I reappeared after a break, I was focusing on my book and my-speaking engagements / moving into the...

Mental Health conditions  hereditary?
13th April 2017

I'm back! Contrary to rumours, I was just on a short break for a fortnight (as the site celebrates a year shortly and I have an announcement) I was focusing on my book and my-speaking engagements / moving into the...

Autism over-diagnosis ?
30th March 2017

Today folks, I look at Autism and I ask my followers a little about Autism over-diagnosis. I am alarmed by the difference in numbers between Europe and the United States of America. Why are American children being diagnosed at a...

15!Random people talk anti depressants
29th March 2017

Hello, Another blog! Today (well, last week), I asked people for their experiences from Anti-Depressants) Here is what came back, all anonymous naturally. My belief is take medication for your mind like you would take medication for your diabetes. For...

I break down stigmas around OCD
28th March 2017

Today I want to break the stigma on OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) It is such a common disorder, yet often stigmatized against and often poorly understood. I have traits of it, So I am particularly keen to tackle this topic....

Aidan talks Bipolar III
27th March 2017

We are increasingly hearing of Bipolar III. This is also known as Cyclothymia. It is a mood disorder and a relative of Bipolar Type I or II. Let’s look at Bipolar III today and make it clearer as diagnosis rates...

Rape Jokes,Aidan breaks down tough topic
14th March 2017

Small change today, as I have been answering submitted questions to endthestigmaofficial@gmail.com , many of which will be archived and find a home in my book I am writing. Back very soon and very regular. I am back to my...

Letter to Aidan “I am addicted to Xanax
8th March 2017

Dear Aidan, I have been abusing Xanax for a number of months and I am very worried I am addicted. I suffer from depression, social anxiety, and acute insomnia. To escape these problems I started abusing drugs. I am 22yo....

Letter to Aidan – My Psych wants me to start ECT Aidan, please reassure me
7th March 2017

Dear Aidan, I have tried so many medications, Lithium numerous times at various dosages, I cannot continue like this. I am booked to start ECT, ironically on April 1. I have all manner of thoughts. Can you reassure me.? My...

Marijuana is helping my depression. Is it safe Aidan?
6th March 2017

I have recently announced through Social Media that I am writing a book and invited questions on Mental Health related matters. Here's our first Dear Aidan, I really want to ask you about Marijuana. I do not care what people...

Tourette’s and Tics-Let’s erase Stigma
24th February 2017

Hello again. Today I want to tackle another subject (I am on a roll!) I want to talk about Tourette’s. Similar to my “dating” post (!) I went out and asked for people’s views on Tourette’s and again I was...

19 people tell me why they won’t date someone with Mental illness
22nd February 2017

So, today, I have decided to look at stigma with regard to relationships in Mental Health. I am of the opinion that there is a stigma in entering a relationship with a mental health condition. It affects me as I...

I am angry . Friend makes dramatic decision-Ending meds stigma
20th February 2017

I am angry, very angry. I have many Social Media Communication channels and I have a busy website and a very busy email address. I get a lot of contact from people, kind words on blogs, questions in relation to...

End The Stigma LGBT(QIA)
17th February 2017

It is a shame to say, but Homophobia and transphobia are prevalent in Irish society and can lead to stress and Mental Ill health for the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Community). I am campaigning for an...

Groundbreaking new approach to St Valentine’s Day #LoveNotStigma
13th February 2017

This Valentine’s Day, Let’s Share #LoveNotStigma Stigmatization is important for mental health, physical health, and many disabling disorders. Hurtful comments and memes can be found all around the Internet, permeating screens across the globe. This is more than a statistic....

Let’s help your Self harm
11th February 2017

My good friend Samantha Davies is looking to increase her Social Media sense, so she came to me and we sat down and talked https://mindblogg.wordpress.com Sam is a counsellor, blogger, public speaker and. Advocate. Sam has a masters in Psychology...

Please be humble for gods sake
10th February 2017

    Today, I have the pleasure of a friend guest blogging. We will have a short burst of same. Eva is a warrior , a  rape survivor and abuse survivor and has been the target of a pedophile and...

This girl is not a bad mother
2nd February 2017

  Encouraging Thoughts for the Depressed Mom from Chanel Belle today guys. Chanel is my good friend and a top Mental Health Advocate.  She's an entrepreneur and a writer, and a believer in Christ, and a late 20-something mom of...

My reaction to RTE Documentary “Medication Nation”
30th January 2017

Medication Nation – this is a television programme that aired on 30th January 2016 on RTÉ One Clearly I didn’t write this in a few minutes! I have been at this piece intermittently during the working day and time after...

Trump tweeted me. Trump may be a narcissist…
27th January 2017

Donald Trump may be a narcissist… Those of you who know me; know Donald Trump sent me a tweet last summer. It was a claim to shame rather than a claim to fame; it does not prevent me saying that...

Addiction. Read this now.
26th January 2017

  Let’s End the Stigma and End the Stereotyping around Addiction Addiction is a devastating and complex beast. It is also terribly misconstrued. I will write in relation to my personal story in the future. Addiction is a predator that...

What the hell do you Mean you’re Transgender?
25th January 2017

Stop the Stigma on Transgender There are an increasing number of transgender people in Ireland, Europe and across the globe. There are an increasing number of transgender people confident and able to disclose their sexuality across the globe. This is...

Aidan’s intimate interview: Girlfriend’s death / Suicide survival / Advocacy Work
21st January 2017

  Hello. I get asked repeatedly - how are you still alive? These people are not being rude and I'm not being arrogant! I'm just here! Here I feel are the best 5 questions and my short answers on the afore...

How I Beat Social Anxiety / End the Stigma on SAD
19th January 2017

  Social anxiety is a very common condition yet I hear some people regretfully dismiss it and stigmatise it, some think of it as solely agoraphobia (a fear of leaving the house), but it is far more than that. I...

Returning to Work after Mental Illness
17th January 2017

Back to work after mental illness Today I want to talk (maybe help someone!) on the subject of returning to work after being out with a mental health illness. With mental health conditions on the sharp increase, absence and subsequent return...

Forgiveness in Dark Setting / Psychological Shocker / Must Read
16th January 2017

Forgiveness Hello everybody. We are going to look at something we all struggle with today – forgiveness. I am happy to talk about this as I think we all inherently struggle with it. I am a CSA survivor, I often...

PTSD and Me ~ Guest Blogger
10th January 2017

Hey everybody, I am working behind the scenes to make my site the best it can possibly be. You can expect some super exciting changes in January! Today I have a guest blogger, a really talented writer who reached out...

Aidan talks Ketamine and Medical Cannabis and Future Treatments
3rd January 2017

There are an increasing number of people frustrated with options for treatment of their mental health in 2017! Modern psychopharmacology is typically the first port of call. Here we are talking antidepressants and mood stabilisers and antipsychotics. Many patients are...

Aidan prepares a Short Paper on Personality Disorders
30th December 2016

Today, I am back well rested after a Christmas break and I want to talk about personality disorders after reading a book on the same subject over the Xmas break. It’s a fascinating area and I will have a look...

What I know now after my Girlfriend’s Suicide in 2008
20th December 2016

What I know now after my girlfriend’s suicide in 2008... It would be remiss of me to conclude the year and not refer to my blog entry of 17th April 2016, where I mention the tragic passing of my then...

Oprah Winfrey
16th December 2016

Be thankful for what you have, you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough

Deepak Chopra
16th December 2016

You can't make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural and enjoyable

Dalai Lama
16th December 2016

In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision

Lyndon B Johnson
16th December 2016

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose

Willie Nelson
16th December 2016

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results 

Helen Keller
16th December 2016

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow

What is Borderline Personality Disorder really Iike?
7th December 2016

    The more I spread awareness on this condition (let’s not call it an illness), I see this question and today I wish to address it, and I hope that I can piece together something that shows what it...

Mental Health Author Jen Flatt Osborn – Guest writes for me
21st November 2016

  The privilege of a second post today, 21st November, from the acclaimed author Jen Flatt Osborn. I have enjoyed time in Belgium, but hands up, I had never heard of Geel! After reading this piece, you’ll be educated widely....

Guest Writer- BPD Misconceptions – Simran Kaur
21st November 2016

Hi Guys, I have a guest article from Simran Kaur. borderlinemama.com  is a website I would recommend and that’s how Simran and I came into contact. I have the pleasure and privilege of a guest blog from Simran today. Here’s...

Defending the Use of Medication ~ Aidan Writes
16th November 2016

Defending medication for the mind. I recently read an article by a fellow blogger questioning psychotropic medication. Now I hasten to say, the article was not “drop medication or “stop medication”, rather it was personal thoughts over her specific medication...

Kendra Pendolino/Suicide Survivor
10th November 2016

Today, we have a very strong guest writer, Kendra Pendolino. Kendra lives with her husband, cat, and mother-in-law in New Jersey and works as a technical writer. She is a suicide attempt survivor and suicide loss survivor who lives with...

Guest Writer ~ Jody Betty
8th November 2016

Today is the second guest post on my site from my very good friend, Jody. Her first post on my site, Sunday, received positive acclaim, particularly immediately after it was posted. Jody is so kind that (knowing I don't have...

Guest Writer ~ Jody Betty – BPD
6th November 2016

Jody Betty is one of my longest standing friends on social media. We have been good friends for all of 2016. She's a battler and a fighter and a survivor. We have a lot in common, what with the borderline...

Guest Writer ~ Katie Wilkie Art Initiative
23rd October 2016

Hi , Continuing on with guest writers, today, we have the awesome Katie Wilkie. Typically I get writers or bloggers coming to me. I had been in contact with this young lady and I came across her art initiative which is...

Guest Writer ~ August Pfizenmaher
21st October 2016

Hi guys, continuing with guest posters. Today we are blessed with Ms. August Pfizenmayer (a traditional Irish name, lol)! August is a wicked first name, I love it. August Pfizenmayer is a writer and a feminist living in Georgia. She...

Guest Writer ~ Jenny Grupido
20th October 2016

Hi, We are continuing with guest writers, today is a real pleasure, Jenny Grupido. I first came across Jenny on Twitter where we engaged in tweets and "likes" and "retweets". I have found Jenny a breath of fresh air. She's...

Guest Writer ~ Meghan Schultz
19th October 2016

I'm delighted to continue with my guest posters and Meghan Schultz. Meghan is one of the most outstanding writers out there. She's an acclaimed published author. "Always Unstable" is genuinely the next book I get. Meghan is a 27 year...

Guest Writer –  Emma Levinson
17th October 2016

  The guest writing continues and today I am blessed to have a fantastic lady, Emma from the wicked balloonsandthebrain.com on #EndtheStigma Emma has 3 conditions that she battles with: depression, anxiety and BPD. Emma comes from a career in...

Guest Writer Neesa Suncheuri
16th October 2016

Hi, I am moving into the space of blogs from friends for a period of time to show the broader picture of mental health, to push some traffic to my friends’ websites and because I am working on some new...