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Aidan-Break from Blogging..
14th July 2017

Hey guys, I am taking a break from blogging about me . I am obviously in hospital and fighting a good fight. I'll focus on that. I have phenomenal numbers viewing the site, phenomenal goodwill messages coming through on twitter,...

Recently I made the decision to end my life
13th July 2017

Recently I came very close to ending my life. As a Mental Health Blogger and Mental Health Advocate, that may surprise some to most of you, as I can (for example) be found on Twitter supporting others for an inordinate...

9.7 I am not ashamed to be an addict in recovery
9th July 2017

I am not ashamed to be in addiction treatment The stigma surrounding addiction is great. From the offset, a lot of people seem to be of the opinion that treatment is only available if rich and famous. I thought in...

5.7 and 6.7 Aidan in Rehab talks about his drug use
6th July 2017

Hi there, It's all about my addictions today!! This blog covers Wednesday and Thursday. You'll have read Day1,2,3 l on my rehab story Day 5 l (.Thursday 6 July) I got down to a numbers discussion and my plan for...

4.7 Day 3 #AidaninRehab Disagreements+++
5th July 2017

Hi Guys, Thanks for following my journey in rehab/hospital guys. Day 3: Tue This is going to be a somewhat annoyed entry . It's not annoyance against the MDT(Multi-Disciplinary team) -Psych and Addiction staff and all the miscellaneous staff (Occupational...

3.7 Aidan in Rehab Day 2/ First Full Day
4th July 2017

Youll have hopefully read #AidanRehabDay1 Im in rehab battling addiction to Codeine and Benzodiazepines. Day 1 ended and I went to bed. Sleep was a concern. It needn't be. 12PM-7'AM 7 hours sleep, good for me. Upon rising, shower, this...

2.7 Day1 #AidanInRehab
2nd July 2017

Aidan' Addiction Day 1, So with a few hours sleep in me (Reason-Netflix Glow and Netflix Gypsy) , I got up at 7:30AM Sunday for Admission at 9AM (first in!) I prepped for "Rehab", "Psych Ward", call it what you...

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...

1.7 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...

29.6 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...

28.6 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...

26.6 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...

25.6 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...

15.6 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...

12.6 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...

1 1.6 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...

9.6 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...

8.6 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...

6.6 Writer in distress to 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...

29.5 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,...

26May I am 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...

25.5 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 GETTING OFF OPIOIDS
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...

12.5 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...

11.5 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....

10 May 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...

9 May Benzodiazepines-V 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....

7 May 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...

Apr 30-13ReasonsWhy 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...

26.4  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...

Apr 24 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...

Apr22 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...

April 18 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...

Apr 15 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...

Apr 13 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...

March 30-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...

March 29 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...

March 28 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....

27 March 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...

March 14 Rape, 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...

March 8 Aidan I am addicted to Xanax, I see no future
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....

March 7,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...

March 6: 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...

Feb 24. Tourettes and Tics. I defeat stigma on the conditions too many mock
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...

Feb22. 18 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...

Feb 20 I am angry. A girl tried to kill herself. 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...

Feb17 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...

14.2 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....

Feb11 Self harming? That’s Self help. Let’s sort 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...

Feb 10. 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...

Feb 2 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...

30th January – My Response 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...

27th January – 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...

26th January – 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...

25th January – 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...

21st January – Aidan’s Intimate Interview / Girlfriends 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...

19th January – 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...

17th January – 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...

16th January – Forgiveness in the Darkest 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...

10th January – 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...

3rd January – Aidan talks Ketamine, 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...

30th December – 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...

20th December – 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...

14th December – Lies your Mental Illness Tells you ~ Exposed!
14th December 2016

  Lies your mental health illness tells you – exposed! Did you know that your mental health illness is telling you sneaky nasty lies and, not only that, but it does it on a constant consistent basis on a variety...

7th December – 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...

21st November – Jen Flatt Osborn ~ Mental Health Author – 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....

21st November – 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...

17th November – My trips to the Emergency Department and recommendations for them
17th November 2016

  Last month, I was in-patient at my psych hospital for the second time; many reading will not know this. Unlike my first admission in July, where I blogged daily recounting events, I kept this admission entirely to myself. It...

16th November – 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...

10th November – 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...

9th November – Preview; Aidan will be on The Bipolar Compass
9th November 2016

Jess Melancholia is a blogger for Huffington Post, bpHope Magazine, The Mighty, and The International Bipolar Foundation. She resides in San Diego, California with her husband and cat. Before being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 2 in May 2014, she suffered...

8th November – 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...

5th November – 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...

23rd October – 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...

21st October – 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...

20th October – 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...

19th October – 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...

18th October – Dee Clohessy (Part 1)
18th October 2016

Hi Guys, Continuing on in the guest bloggers series, we come to the "girl next door". Dee is an entirely cool, nice, 28 year old girl with a little girl, a good job and plenty of friends. If you saw...

17th October – 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...

16th October – 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...

6th October – I’m hearing voices in my head
6th October 2016

  I have had a variety of diagnoses thrown at me over the years. I was told I had generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), I was told I had OCD. After I buried my girlfriend in 2008, I was clear I...

5th October – Our Friends
5th October 2016

                                                      I thought today I would focus on a blog post called "Our Friends”;...

My name is Aidan and I’m a recovering addict
30th September 2016

My name is Aidan and I'm recovering from battles with alcohol, gambling, anxiety medication and pain medication. I have an addictive personality. I’ve been clean from alcohol since 4th October 2010. I'm clean from gambling since 31st March 2013. I'm...

Rethinking Suicide and Stigma
23rd September 2016

We all know the word "suicide". You are possibly sick and tired of it. You might consider it overused, abused or fashionable. We hear it all the time now. We listen as another sports star opens up about their depression,...

17th September – PTSD and Becoming a Mental Health Advocate
17th September 2016

PTSD and becoming a Mental Health Advocate PTSD is a difficult condition and issue. Sometimes it hits you physically and sometimes emotionally and sometimes it's a double hit. Frequently I carry it around with me on my shoulders and frequently...

15th September – September and Suicide Awareness Month
15th September 2016

September is Suicide Awareness Month. Awareness months change when you are a survivor. I'm a survivor. Please don't judge me. I lost my girl to suicide 08.08.08. I tried to kill myself 15th May. My Laura is currently with the...

11th September – A Post for World Suicide Prevention Day
11th September 2016

For many years you would not see a smile on my face. The reason is that I suffer from mental illness. OCD. BPD. Tics. Addiction. Pain conditions. A lot stems from the childhood sexual abuse I reported to the police...

8th September – Aidan’s Overdose / Suicide Attempt / Recovery
8th September 2016

Every journey has an end. Every story has a final chapter. Last Tuesday, 6th September 2016, I woke up broken. I woke up in pain, physical and emotional. I thought of the previous day and the disclosure to the police...

6th September – My Sex Abuse Story ~ P2 of 3 – EndTheStigma
5th September 2016

This afternoon was absolutely the most difficult time of my life. I was on leave from work and went and mulled and mulled how I would get the courage to go to the police and report my incidents. I poured...

5th September – My sex abuse story P1 of 3
5th September 2016

Hi, This will be a three-part post folks. This is going to be an entry that's written over the course of today, Mon Sept 5. Today's the day I try and face the source of my demons and I am...

31st August – “TaxiWatch” ~ an Incredible Irish Organisation
31st August 2016

Hi Guys, I have been aware for some time of TaxiWatch, as I have applauded them for saving lives and helping distressed people in Ireland for some years now. http://www.taxiwatch.ie/ The above is this fantastic organisation's website. Firstly, if you...

23rd August – Will you sign up for my Newsletter, Please?
23rd August 2016

AIDAN O'CONNELL NEWSLETTER Hi. Can I ask a favour?? Will you subscribe to my mental health email newsletter? I have been working on it, along with my very snazzy and professional mental health website (below) since 01/01/16. Just click below...

22nd August – Pokémon Go can be good for your health
23rd August 2016

I recently decided to download Pokémon Go as all the kids are playing it (!) and plenty of grown-ups too and I needed a break after recent trials and successes and steps forward, back and forward again! In my day...

21st August – Aidan Decides to Become a Writer
21st August 2016

BipolarCompass.com is a website I strongly recommend. I recently entered a writing competition and won! I have been given "The Warrior Child" award. It's really cool. It's really good news. I will shortly be having a Q & A with...

Henry David Thoreau – A Quote
20th August 2016

Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves...

Mason Cooley – Quote
20th August 2016

Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.

Amelia Barr – Quote
20th August 2016

It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us, in joy we face the sorrow and master it.

W Clement Stone – Quote
20th August 2016

Like success, failure is many things to many people. With a positive attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau in which to get your thoughts in order to try again..,

The Mind – A Quote
20th August 2016

Whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve...

12th – 18th August – Psych Hospital + My Last 6 days Pre-Discharge
18th August 2016

THIS POST COVERS FRIDAY - THURSDAY INCLUSIVE. ABUSE REVEALED AND MY DISCHARGE WEDNESDAY PLUS MY SURGICAL NECK PROCEDURE THURSDAY. So I had daily blogs Tuesday, July 19th – Thursday, August 11th inclusive. I stayed inpatient Friday, August 12th – Wednesday,...

11th August – Psych Hospital Emotional Resilience +Bucket Lists
12th August 2016

Just a quick post for Thursday, as Friday I have to divulge something I have kept secret for 22 years… More on that tomorrow, which will be so difficult to read and write, but I think must be done and...

10th August – First Talk of Discharge ~ Certainties + Uncertainties
11th August 2016

The title for the post tells us a little about day 23 in a psych hospital (albeit probably Ireland's best kept secret and super small and swanky!) Firstly, MDT (which I explained previously stands for multidisciplinary team and is the...

9th August – Psych Hospital ~ Aidan Faces Stress and he Says Goodbye to a Psych
10th August 2016

Today was not a bad day. 3 weeks in. Maybe 3/4/5 weeks left. It is hard to describe the morning, In the morning, there wasn't time to stress when my phone wasn't taking a charge and the iPad was taking...

08.08 The first day of the rest of my life / my girlfriend looks down on me from heaven
8th August 2016

Hey. An early and short post today. This day started off early and I was a mess. I thought back to 08.08.08 and receiving a call to tell me my girlfriend / fiancée had drowned herself off the harbour in...

7th August – Psych Hospital – Three weeks in. Failed by Psychs. Failed by family together. Suicidal ideation.
7th August 2016

[caption id="attachment_3970" align="alignnone" width="300"] Scary evil man with hood in the dark[/caption] Sunday, August 7th will go down as one of the most difficult days of my life. I can say today that family relations are over. I have been...

6th August – Psych Hospital Tweet from Donald Trump and Full Exposure to Nurse
6th August 2016

<img class="size-medium wp-image-3919" src="http://endthestigma.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/image-17-300x200.jpeg" alt="SONY DSC" width="300" height="200" srcset="http://endthestigma viagra per nachnahme.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/image-17-300x200.jpeg 300w, http://endthestigma.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/image-17-768x512.jpeg 768w, http://endthestigma.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/image-17.jpeg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />SONY DSC So I got a tweet from Donald Trump today. It’s actually difficult to get a tweet from...

5th August – Psych Hospital / Aidan alive / new diagnosis and going under the knife
5th August 2016

Hey, I'm alive! I mentioned today in groups that we are often kinder to others than ourselves and they agreed. I survived the night with a first dose of lithium and a further taper down of a nasty med. The...

4th August – Psych Hospital ~ Aidan simply trying to hang onto life
4th August 2016

So yesterday, Wednesday, 3rd August, was a very tough day. I expressed passive death wish and requested the service of a doctor. My own psych appeared and was helpful and calmed me down and assisted me with something that calmed...

3rd August – Psych Hospital ~ Aidan gets the ward placed on lock/down
3rd August 2016

So Wednesday I woke up and was suffering a depression / a low mood/ a flat feeling. I didn't know what lay ahead. It's hard to put words on the feeling this morning, but flat and empty might be better...

2nd August – Psych Hospital, Powerful Psychology + A Confession, I cocked up
2nd August 2016

Tuesday began with a speedy breakfast and, after that, a speedy attempt at getting a haircut! I left my notes for the psych (see yesterday's post) at the reception and ran early this morning. I received a call from the...

Psych  Hospital – Day 1 of Taper + Writing more Intense Information
1st August 2016

Day 1 of my medication taper has been successful. Let's be realistic. It's a journey and Day 1 will not be a challenge compared to Day 5 or Day 10 or Day 15. I have an enormous challenge ahead. I can't...

31st July – Psych Unit Worries on New Med/Worries on a Taper Plan
1st August 2016

Worries on new meds and worries on tapering So Sunday wasn't a bad day, it was a quiet day as it’s the August Bank Holiday weekend in Ireland, so group therapy sessions and 1-1 session work were not on. "The...

30th July – Psych Unit: A better day
31st July 2016

Hey, it might be temporary, but look, Saturday 30th was a better day for me, as I sat down with the pysch and she had sight of my (last!) letter/note. I used the opportunity to say "Look, I want to...

29th July – Psych Unit OCD to Depression
30th July 2016

After the recent turbulent events, I had to give in to the urge of OCD Friday and engage in my OCD and I won't go into detail, but it was a self-destructive, maladaptive behaviour that only gave the shortest relief...

28th July – Psych Unit Allegations
29th July 2016

Survival is a great motivator. Wednesday 27th was a tough day as I felt like walking into traffic after a passive death wish. It's been a very tough journey (so far from straight and linear, it's ridiculous, peaks and troughs,...

27th July – Psych Unit, walking into traffic
29th July 2016

Wednesday 27th and day 9. Today was the multidisciplinary team meeting and that consists of your whole team, psych, occupational therapist, psychologist, social worker, CBT therapist, nurse. There was a form to be filled out in advance explaining what you...

26th July – Psych Unit Highs and Lows in One Day
28th July 2016

Day 8 in the Big Brother house! An intense and long day with the good, the bad and the ugly. I had time with Pysch 1 who will remain my psych it seems. Forget about Psych 2! I started the...

25th July – One Week in Psych Unit. Drugs. Drugs. Drugs.
26th July 2016

Hey, Don't be fooled by the headlines! I have to choose one and I want to be creative and intuitive. Medication is important. Some people don't believe in medication and I don't have time for those people. Some people have...

24th July, Sunday – Aidan feels the Psych Unit is the Big Brother House
25th July 2016

Weekends here are sh1t! Weekdays are busy. There's sessions and work and groups and 1-1. Weekends are long and tedious. The standard seems to be, Weekend 1 let someone out for a few hours. Weekend 2- Possibly overnight time-out. Weekend...

23rd July – Day 5 Psych Unit. The morning after the day before
24th July 2016

I think it's fair to say Friday was profoundly intense. You hold a secret for so long it becomes ingrained in your personality. I was saying on Thursday night that I planned to reveal this deep dark secret of med...

Aidan exposes darkest secret in day of chaos
23rd July 2016

OK so Friday was about as intense as it gets - I feel shattered as I write this and my memory is messed up. Wednesday night, I had only felt a need to sleep for a small handful of hours....

21st July – Brief Release: From Psych unit to the Bar
21st July 2016

I didn't anticipate writing this entry from a bar but if they let you out for a walk, why not enjoy the high seat for a long cold nonalcoholic drink! The morning started as I knew it would. A young...

Aidan’s First Day in a Psych Unit
20th July 2016

The journaling continues. So contrary to some opinions and mindsets, I'm not in something similar to "One Flew over the Cuckoo’s nest" It's a very small private therapeutic and rehabilitative unit. I'm voluntarily admission (meaning I could leave now if...

19th July – Aidan Hospitalised ~ Crashed in a Mental Health clinic
19th July 2016

This will come as a surprise to many but I am in an Acute Mental Health Care unit in Dublin. The external stress I have been under for the last 6-9 months has become too much and I expressed this...

16th July – Kathy’s story / EndTheStigma on Disorders and Medication
16th July 2016

Kathy is s very very good friend, she is so kind and caring and upfront and doesn't bite her lip! She is a strong Texas woman who is going to look after me after my shoulder surgery!! There are many...

15th July – Borderline Personality Disorder ~ Mel and a new place to talk
15th July 2016

Hey guys, Good few blog entries this week. This is especially good as we are looking at the increasingly common Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), otherwise known as emotional regulation difficulties. Names aside, this is...

14th July – “It’s Just a Day”
13th July 2016

I have a lot of good friends on social media. One of those in my closest circle of friends is Jody who has pieced excellent articles across "The Mighty". Jody is the creator and main lady behind "Mental Health Open...

13th July – Mindfulness!!
12th July 2016

I have been looking increasingly at Mindfulness recently. I think mindfulness had a slightly uncertain reputation initially, but it's increasingly recommended and advocated by everyone from medics to therapists to specialists to alternative practitioners. It's very well documented in medical...

12th July – #DontBlameMyBrain
12th July 2016

12th July - #DontBlameMyBrain Have you heard of #DontBlameMyBrain ? I only discovered the incredible campaign and the inspirational Leanne last weekend when I came across her unique work online. Leanne is a University Graduate in Design from Lincoln, in...

10th July – The Struggle and Chaos of The Chronic: DID and CSS and Fear of Sleep
10th July 2016

I'm back after a brief break. Thanks for all the good wishes! I'll be writing shortly on Borderline Personality Disorder and with a reference to male BPD. Today it's one of my favourite people and, I should say, I'm talking...

1st July – End The Stigma on Psychosis and Sleep
1st July 2016

Psychosis and Sleep Russian Roulette with dreams… Hey and welcome to the second half of the year! I hope it's healthy and happy for you. Kick starting with a guest blog on Sleep Psychosis from the incredible Claire Stephenson. Another...

25th June – Aidan asks Twitter Community “What is Stigma?”
26th June 2016

#What Stigma means to me I decided to push the above question out to the Twitter Community after the success of a previous question and answer process. Stigma is defined as a set of negative or unfair beliefs that society...

20th June – Darkness into Light Resources (a brand new site fighting mental illness)
20th June 2016

Hey guys, I have a post about emotional regulation disorder (and with a focus on men with the condition coming soon). I have another guest blog today. You meet so many awesome people on social media who are Mental Health...

19th June – Jeff Vande Zande, on my site, with Detroit Muscle (must-read book)
19th June 2016

Hey, I have been on a little rollercoaster this week with Cervical Facet Rhizothomy. I have got through it, hopefully my pain receptors are working a little differently now and I'm back with a stack of blogs (my own and...

13th June – Aidan O’Connell naked on his website
13th June 2016

OK, so the above is a little misleading but I am exposing myself! As 2015 concluded and 2016 began, I thought it was time to take off the mask I was wearing for over 20 years and show my face....

12th June – Michelle Dooley Mahon, an Excellent Irish Writer
12th June 2016

Hey! If you haven't heard of Michelle Dooley Mahon, you will have when you devour her book "Scourged" and you hear viral positive reviews. Michelle is a top blogger, philosophical wordsmith, has travelled the world and settled down with 2...

11th June – Aidan asks The Twitter Community a Question
10th June 2016

I decided to test the waters with a question to the community of Twitter, with a friend, and ask them to complete the Hashtag #MyMentalIllnessFeelsLike.... Here are a taste of the replies that may give you an insight into how...

9th June – Misophonia
9th June 2016

Misophonia: The Sound of Stigma I know I promised some return to personal posts this weekend. That promise remains. I was again approached recently by a very intelligent young lady; a lady called Shaylynn Hayes asking would I allow time...

7th June – Mental Illness and Prescription Meds – Kathy
7th June 2016

I am getting a LOT of requests from people wanting to write for me/Guest Writers. There are 2/3 coming next week but I'll be back shortly with 3 personal posts. You'll also see a few changes to the website soon,...

5th June – Meet Maria Estrada, Mental Health Campaigner, Follow her on YouTube
5th June 2016

Hi Folks, I will be back writing about myself and my battles to try and #EndTheStigma next week. Recently I had Amber talking about Schizophrenia, Today I want to introduce you to a young Mental Health Warrior who approached me...

4th June – Battling Myths & Misconceptions regarding Schizophrenia. Amber’s back!
4th June 2016

A first today on http://endthestigma.ie/ A second post from the same person! :) I am a fan of Amber Reynolds, you'll recall that recently Amber penned a masterpiece. Amber has a number of conditions - like many of us. Amongst them...

29th May – Fight and Recover from Depression by Irish Lady, Joyce Butler
29th May 2016

It was a pleasure to receive contact last Sunday from a fellow Irish Green Ribbon Advocate and Aware Volunteer, Joyce Butler. Joyce said she would like to write a piece for my website and she's timed it well, as there'll...

26th May – Medical Marijuana and PTSD
26th May 2016

There is a lot to be said for Medical Marijuana. I have a lot of friends who live in states where medical marijuana is legalised and I have heard nothing but positive feedback. I am a firm believer that, when...

24th May – Depressed Cupcake – Oven in the Fire; account of long term Depression + Anxiety
24th May 2016

Hey.I get a lot of people who write to me to guest post on my blog. I have had real talent. I also get a lot of people who ask me to share a post. Courtney is the "Depressed Cupcake"...

21st May – Anxiety /Psychosis and Night Terrors by Amazing Amber
21st May 2016

I am touching on the subjects of Anxiety/Night Terrors and Psychosis. I remember the island of Jersey as one of the happiest of my life. Beautiful. Across the water is the gorgeous Guernsey. There, lives a great friend; Amber -...

20th May – John Madden and the Black Dog
20th May 2016

I was very kindly reached out to by Mr. John Madden, who has produced a magnificent piece on the Black Dog (depression – apparently a metaphor originally used by Sir Winston Churchill before its use became so prevalent). He kindly...

19th May – Ireland’s Littlest Heroes
16th May 2016

 OK this might not strictly be "End the Stigma" related, but it’s incredibly important. I thought I had seen sadness and felt anxiety in my life but then I started to read more and more about this page. It all...

15th May – Fragile X Disorder
14th May 2016

Hey! Today's post is about the often misunderstood Fragile X Syndrome. I don't know anything about today's poster other than that she contacted me through my site and said she would like to write about this syndrome and break the...

12th May – “The life of M”
12th May 2016

Canada is really leading the way in mental health in so many respects. We have Michael Landsberg (@heylandsberg) and that epic movement of #SickNotWeak. Also close by in the states too, we have the awesome Rachel Griffin and the #Imnotashamed...

9th May – Transcranial Magnetic Therapy for Treatment Resistant Disorder
9th May 2016

Hey, So, as you increasingly develop a social media presence, you find yourself in debates and discussions and meeting the most incredible and intriguing people, like I did recently with an elegant lady called Trina Winters. Trina had a form...

30th April – BPD Insight
30th April 2016

Hey, We recently discussed EUPD which is Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder and we got a great insight, a great read and great response. Today, I decided it would be great to have another insight into EUPD/ BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)...

29th April – Love in a Bipolar World. Rebecca Lombardo writes for me!!
29th April 2016

Hey. Let's end the stigma that affects people with bipolar I or II finding love or managing a relationship through tricky times. Rebecca Lombardo is a pretty well-known author and I was privileged to get an E Copy gift of...

28th April – EUPD – What life is like
28th April 2016

Hey. This really is an important entry. I have a good friend from my very large social media community, Fryn. Fryn has emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD). Folk with EUPD/sometimes known as borderline personality disorder (BPD) can have intense feelings,...

27th April – Eating Disorders
27th April 2016

Hi, this is a guest writer's blog today. I was on Twitter recently and I happened to mention that I hadn't touched the whole area of eating disorders when a friend said she could assist me. She hasn't failed. This...

25th April – I was saved from Suicide
25th April 2016

Apologies for the time gap, but you may have noticed a brand spanking new website! I now have this post and then a series of guest writers lined up. We are back to daily posts or every couple of days! When...

17th April – When my Girlfriend Killed Herself
17th April 2016

So I have been looking at a blank page for a while, a long while. I am not sure how to start this, how to write this. There's a strong chance I may not post this. My plan now is...

13th April – Anxiety is complex
12th April 2016

Hey. So a couple of important points - Today's blog is from a friend of mine called Megan. Megan is studying Communications in the the University of Missouri - Kansas city, and is a co-leader of the awesome #imnotashamed  (You'll...

10th April – Dissociative Disorders
10th April 2016

Hey. So I got an email from a cool guy called Matt five days ago saying he had been following my site and Twitter and asking could he write. I said absolutely and began to read his Twitter and material...

9th April – Living with Agoraphobia
9th April 2016

Hey. So today, we have our first guest post.  It's almost incredible that we haven't yet had a post about agoraphobia.  I spend a lot of time on social media working with kind souls and it doesn't come up much...

7th April – Positive Affirmations
7th April 2016

Positive affirmation, positive ethos and positive reflection are essential to end the stigma around mental health. I am going to talk about myself in this post but please do the same for yourself as this is not a form of...

6th April – Fibro and me
6th April 2016

Hi folks, So, very recently I decided to do something about a nagging problem, a nagging problem since around December 2000!  Pain.. There is an old phrase I use - "you can get used to anything except hanging".  I have...

Bipolar Disorder Guest Blogger Kevin A Hall
2nd April 2016

We have had some great guest blog posters on. Today I welcome a most well known gentleman, Mr Kevin A Hall. Kevin is a World Champion Olympic sailor

29th March – OCPD and me
29th March 2016

OCPD!!! I mentioned before in a previous blog entry that I had seen all manner of specialists over recent years "as something was up" and had a different diagnosis from each one! More recently, as I completed various psychology studies,...

27th March – Guest Blogger. Awesome Canadian young man fights stigma
27th March 2016

Hi there, I had moved away from guest posters or guest bloggers as I wished to write personal stories and general psychology and psychiatry matters, but then out of the blue, I received communication from a very nice man, Mr....

26th March – An open letter to my parents, especially my father
26th March 2016

A difficult post to start. Maybe the best place to start is with 3 quotes that I keep close to me I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. Mental health is not a...

25th March – Accompanied a friend to a psych appt – read this!!
25th March 2016

Hi, So this is all anonymised. I was asked to attend a first appointment with psychiatry services by a good friend. I am not overly keen on psychiatrists, as experiences have taught me that they don't really get to spend enough...

24th March – EndTheStigma with new changes from 22nd April
24th March 2016

Hey, So as quarter one of this project nears a finish and we all think long weekend / Easter and most importantly, summertime. I look back at 44 posts in 83 days, my analytics, subscribers and platforms and I am...

18th March – Rape; End The Stigma on Rape
18th March 2016

Hi Folks, Last guest blogger for a while. I have left the best person to last. This blog entry comes on endthestigma.ie with a trigger warning; it's on an extremely sensitive subject, but it is something that has been brushed...

17th March – Complex PTSD, Anonymous Guest Writer
17th March 2016

Hi Folks, So, today we gather an insight into Complex Trauma and PTSD. I wrote about PTSD in a general way back in January, but we are delving a lot deeper with Complex Trauma PTSD and an expert today. Whilst...

15th March – Work Stress, J Corneille, Guest
15th March 2016

Hi Folks, Moving through some guest posters (don't worry, it won't be all guest posters, but I am getting great feedback and I have a lady coming on very soon regarding complex PTSD and then, I think our bravest Guest...

13th March – Sarah Fader on my website!!
13th March 2016

Hi Folks, I will get back to some personal blogging soon, but I have been connecting with some big shots lately (!) I interviewed Sarah Fader recently and I doubt she needs an introduction as she is CEO of Stigma...

10th March – #sicknotweak
10th March 2016

Tomorrow is another important day in terms of trending a hashtag on Twitter. This time it's #sicknotweak and from a journalist I have always respected Mr. Michael Landsberg. Recently we had #imnotashamed from the lovely Ms. Rachel Griffin and that...

8th March – Aspergers
8th March 2016

Hi Folks, We are on a run of guest bloggers recently. Today we have an especially good guest blogger, a good friend of mine through social media, another great contact. All the details regarding their social media are at the base...

6th March – Chris Blake, Guest Blogger
6th March 2016

Chris Blake is a writer, speaker and mental health advocate and the man behind @DadDiagnosed on Twitter. I have only recently come into connection with this great guy and he is all about ending stigma, as am I. He will...

4th March – @thiswildmind College
4th March 2016

Hi Folks, So I have recently been connecting more and more with other mental health advocates. Today we have the pleasure of a very smart lady named Rachel. I would strongly recommend you check out her website and also give...

29th February – Rachel Griffin on my website!!!!!
29th February 2016

Hi Folks, The above lady needs no introduction For the very small number in Ireland who don't know Rachel - Rachel Griffin is a pop and rock songwriter and musical theatre composer. Rachel has won two national songwriting contests (National...

24th February – Bullying and a Success Story
24th February 2016

Hi, as someone who has been bullied and as someone who knows others who have been bullied, and as someone who has been the victim of insidious harassment (which is not too different) and then who has furthermore had allegations...

22nd February – Is Social Media Bad for Mental Health??
22nd February 2016

So, I was reading an article in the last day where Mr. Kenneth Egan, former Professional Boxer, Mental Health Advocate and someone who has conquered alcohol spoke of the fact that people have never felt more alone than nowadays I...

17th February – An interview with fibro and BPD
17th February 2016

Hi Folks, Post 30 on EndTheStigma.ie and syncing with Twitter and FB pages, LinkedIn and Google+ As I said on NY Eve, I am going to make this into a big project. I am hitting great numbers in stats and...

15th February – Vigil 11.2.16 Caoilte
15th February 2016

Hi Folks, Last Thursday hundreds of us took over Kildare Street to mark a very special gentleman called Caoilte Ó Broin. Cat Ó Broin (Caoilte's) sister and brothers and her fiance, Mr. Shane Gillen and Bressie were pivotal in arranging...

14th February – In the Mind; two weeks on M Health
14th February 2016

I am very pleased to say that there is a dedicated time-frame assigned by the BBC for mental health matters and to show how entirely normal they are, by featuring them in a manner of programs and media content over...

13th February – Interview with Ms. Tallaght; Ms. Samantha Nicholl
13th February 2016

I met Ms. Samantha Nicholl this afternoon, 13th February. Samantha is an inspirational young lady who is kind, honest and so easy to talk to. Samantha is hugely interested in modelling and fashion. Samantha was very unwell as a new...

11th February – Interview with Ms. Kerry Muldoon, Author
11th February 2016

Ms. Kerry Muldoon is a much respected published author and a very straight forward talker. She is an excellent mum who has pieced a powerful essay over the rage and sorrow that she felt during her sons homophobic high school...

10th February – Vigil for Caoilte Ó Broin (RIP) – Please open link
10th February 2016

Hi Folks, Tomorrow is a critical day for Mental Health and the breakdown of some walls and stigmas in Ireland. There is a vigil planned for 7PM at Government Buildings and a smiling mask will be given out to all...

7th February – What might an admission be like?
7th February 2016

Since I started blogging on the subject of Mental Health, I have really started a journey of self -analysis.  I have thought about being well, feeling unwell, the effects on others, the doctors I have seen, all the misdiagnoses and...

2nd February – M Health + Facebook
2nd February 2016

A relatively short post today folks as I have had a very intense death threat made against me on Facebook. Lucky enough, I am big enough to look after myself. Initially, I thought it was time to close down the...

1st February – M Health + Facebook
1st February 2016

Today, for a quick entry, I decided to identify some celebrities with Mental Health issues, in the hope and effort to normalize. Bressie popped up in my timeline late Saturday Night. He was chatting to Conor Cusack. Both gentlemen are...

30th January – Interview with #GE 16 Candidate
30th January 2016

Hi, Mental Health is something that citizens of the state should discuss with their local TD Here are 7 that were asked of Ms. Deirdre O'Donvan. 7 Questions for a General Election candidate. Ms. Deirdre O'Donovan. Independent. 1.    Given...

27th January – An interview with…
27th January 2016

As 1 in 4 one of us will have to deal with a mental health issue at some point in time, I decided that I would reach out to some of my friends who are battling their own fights. I...

26th January – Aidan on Broadsheet.ie
26th January 2016

http://www.broadsheet.ie/2016/01/26/fighting-demons/   Hi Folks, pls see the above. I was given a spot to write on and I did. As I am multi-platform, I am behind on FB, Twitter, Facebook, Messenger, LinkedIn Msgs as well as DMs . I’ll get...

24th January – Politics/MH
24th January 2016

Hi Folks, So whilst the Americans decide whether Mr.Trump will be up for a seat in their Presidential Election, we have a unique opportunity. I want everyone who gets a knock on the door or a hand reached out in...

23rd January – Mental Health and Work
23rd January 2016

Today, I would like to talk a little about the benefits of work and Mental Health! At any given time, it has been estimated that 1 in 5 of the workplace has a Mental Health matter. At the same, conversely,...

21st January – Sobering Stats, Addiction Facts
21st January 2016

I have been using my deep numerical skills and data analytic skills today, as I wanted to delve into statistics on Alcohol in Ireland and other addictions, such as those to Benzodiazepines and Codeine. I recently read an article about...

17th January – Caoilte
17th January 2016

The country is still reacting to the tragic death of Caoilte Ó Broin and what it tells us about the services offered to those in distress with Mental Health issues in Ireland. Caoilte Ó Broin’s body was found in the...

16th January – Doctor Shopping
16th January 2016

How many people reading this blog have been unhappy with their Doctor, Psychologist or Psychiatrist and have "Doctor shopped"? I cite the sad case of Corey Haim, an actor we all know: "Former child actor Corey Haim had prescriptions for...

11th January – Break-ups and the psyche
11th January 2016

The roars from my tormentors were like the jet engines of a supersonic plane. The sound was deafening, my body felt in a state of anxiety and my mind was in a state of sheer confusion but simultaneously playing back...

8th January – PTSD The Enemy Within
8th January 2016

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may occur after you are part of, witness to or closely associated with a most terrible, terrifying or devastating experience or event. Examples might include a serious unprovoked assault, a car accident or losing a loved...

7th January – It’s not me, it’s my BPD
7th January 2016

Borderline Personal Disorder (BPD) also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) or Emotional Intensity Disorder (EID) is a complex illness, where the symptoms range from unstable relationships and mood swings, to risky behaviour such as gambling large sums or...

6th January – Work Stress Burn Out
6th January 2016

A somewhat shorter entry today folks Work Related Stress Tomorrow we’ll be discussing Borderline Personality Disorder. Today, just a small intro piece on work related stress; a long standing and often underestimated avoidable illness. The financial costs to the exchequer...

5th January – Fibromyalgia. It hurts all over
5th January 2016

  Having a close friend who suffers with Fibromyalgia, and witnessing the mental distress caused, I feel it is worth discussion here. Inextricably related to Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) this is a severely debilitating illness. I...

4th January – Social Anxiety. Feeling the Fear & Running Away
4th January 2016

Today’s discussion is on social anxiety; an affliction that actually has no relationship with shyness or introvert behaviour. It is a complex and distressing illness but, thankfully, it has proven to be treatable. Also known as social phobia, social anxiety...

3rd January – I’m a Mother; get me out of here!
3rd January 2016

Today’s topic is Post Natal Depression. And, before anyone asks me to confirm what gender I am, I’ll let you know that I am indeed a man! The first thing to say, which may raise eyebrows, is that practitioners generally...

Bipolar Depression  – Whose side am I on anyway?
3rd January 2016

So today, I’m opening up a discussion about Bipolar Depression (formerly known as Manic Depression). I have researched this area in depth and, to be frank (excuse the pun; with the storm at present), the term Bipolar seems more apt...

1st January – Aidan O’Connell. A New Dawn for Mental Health
1st January 2016

The first day of a New Year and people are busy making resolutions regarding their diet, weight, alcohol intake, family etc. and I am writing the first day of my first ever blog. My name is Aidan O’Connell and, through...