In many respects, that’s what the whole boredom thing is about: an inability to be okay with being with yourself. Odd, isn’t it, that we find ourselves so boring that we desperately rush to get away?

A fellow traveller in the bar at Dublin Airport ordered a large brandy. A minute later, he ordered a second one. “Can’t stick the boredom,” he told me(...)

Rape is a crime that is not much spoken about, even though its effects can be devastating and long lasting. Even the victims do not speak out.The exte(...)

Later onset alcoholism often starts with drink problems in people’s 40s and 50s.

The media in Britain recently reported, with what read like surprise, on excessive drinking among retired professional women. Because it is only in re(...)

Listening to a radio item about the capacity of smartphones to give teenagers a secret and sometimes dangerous life away from the control of the fa(...)

Back in about 1970, James Joyce put his hand on my leg in Rice’s bar in Dublin. He wasn’t the real James Joyce, but he looked like Ireland’s greatest (...)

The victims of teenage violence towards parents are usually mothers, although fathers also are attacked. Sons are more likely than daughters to be violent to mothers.

At 14 she hits her parents and siblings, drinks, uses drugs and goes missing. She is one of an unknown number of young teenagers who are violent to(...)

For the shyness to fade away, though, you have to interact with other people: it’s really the exposure to what you fear that changes things.

We were an unremarkable crowd on the Luas on a wet day, wanting to get the journey over with. One man stood out, largely because it was so obvious tha(...)

Being 60-something can lead to mixed emotions

‘It’s funny to see somebody else put on paper what one is thinking in one’s head but would not dare to articulate,” writes a reader. He was res(...)

One recent Saturday morning on my way out of the kitchen with a cup of tea for my wife, I heard a woman remark on the radio that men were not known fo(...)

‘If I had my life to live over, I wouldn’t change a thing.” Don’t you feel a little tug of guilt, loss or dismay when you hear a declaration li(...)