President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen was left without a chair as male counterparts sat down at a meeting with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Did you ever have an Ursula Von der Leyen moment? I mean the moment you suddenly found you were not in the middle of things, but out on the edge, gobs(...)

Late-shift medical staff donning PPE on the Covid side of the emergency department of St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

I have no doubt many of you, like myself, are sick and tired of listening to non-stop bad news in the media about Covid-19. “Sick and tired” in this c(...)

In a year of unprecedented stress, many of us are collectively appears to be heading toward peak anxiety this wee. Photograph: iStock

Can’t concentrate? Losing sleep? Binge-eating your feelings? In a year of unprecedented stress, many of us are collectively appears to be heading to(...)

President Donald Trump invades the inner rooms, occupies the remote cloisters of our interior selves. Photograph: Jim Rassol/AP Photo

Caitlin Moran put it perfectly on Saturday night. Interviewed by Róisín Ingle for the Irish Times’s Big Night In, she invited us to “Imagine what(...)

It is completely normal to feel anxious, stressed and fatigued right now, which are, incidentally, some of the most common reasons for a sudden decrease in libido. Photograph: iStock

We have all been given very clear instructions from experts, health professionals and the Government on the best way for both individuals and the coun(...)

Jazz hands: what is actually needed instead is the fostering of psychological resilience. Photograph: iStock

I recently heard a radio discussion of Oxford University Student Union’s decision to discourage clapping at all union events to make them less overwhe(...)

‘Put into place protective factors to reduce the impact stress is having on you’

Human beings are not built to endure prolonged periods of stress. We live in stressful times, though. More people are scratching a living in the gig e(...)

Could Brexit be bad for your mental and physical health? Apart from a feeling of sadness, most of us, I think, have looked on Brexit as a weird realit(...)

Dr Muiris Houston: ‘Direct traumatic experiences such as losing a home to a hurricane have mental-health consequences.’ Aasleagh Falls on the Mayo/Galway border.

While on holiday in Western Canada last month I had what you might call my first personal brush with climate change. A day after we left accommodatio(...)

Testosterone levels have been found to be higher in more aggressive males. Photograph: iStock

Reports and discussion about violent events often dominate the news headlines. We hear reports of assaults and random attacks. Murder trials and gangl(...)

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