Two-thirds of respondents to a recent Irish survey of 729 non-consultant hospital doctors had self-prescribed.

Aristotle is cited in the journal Palliative Medicine in a 2008 paper investigating “Challenges faced by palliative care physicians when caring f(...)

Plants at a medical cannabis company in Israel. Photograph: Amir Cohen/File Photo/Reuters

Ireland is “sleepwalking” into the legalisation of cannabis on the back of a campaign of misinformation about the drug, according to doctors who have (...)

Sinead Browne at her home in Dundalk where her son took his own life last month. Photograph: James Forde.

A Dundalk mother, whose only child took his own life last month, wants to know why her son was sent home from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, (...)

Kanye West: “Some people who live with bipolar disorder, such as West, possess creative gifts and achieve commercial success. Many others do not.” Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Kanye West’s mental health has been a topic of public conversation for some time. West is a unique figure – famed for hubris and undeniable creative b(...)

Dr John Hillery said many doctors are finding themselves in ‘ethically compromising situations’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The president of the College of Psychiatrists Ireland has resigned as a consultant psychiatrist in the HSE in protest over the treatment of staff and (...)

Prof  Patricia Casey: “I don’t think anybody I know would want to see a woman die because of a complex pregnancy.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Consultant psychiatrist Patricia Casey has said that to suggest abortion is a solution to mental illness “is naïve in the extreme”. Referring to 201(...)

All those years ago, I felt a little bit sorry for Wendy, with her strange longing for shops on Stephen’s Day. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/ Getty Images

Over the past while, I have been thinking about a Christmas years ago when my American friend Wendy came to spend Christmas with my parents and siblin(...)

Good news for women – they are, on average, happier than men at one stage of their lives. Bad news for women – that phase doesn’t arrive until they a(...)

Anne Foley: “If you have money you can buy a psychiatrist or a psychologist, or you can buy services for your child if they need them.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Anne Foley (54) describes feeling “absolutely worthless” in a hospital emergency department when her mood so low she could hardly speak. Having told (...)

The number of teenage girls aged 12-18 discharged from hospital with a principal diagnosis of anorexia or bulimia rose from 47 cases in 2005 to 93 in 2015. File photograph: iStock

The number of hospitalisations of teenage girls for anorexia and bulimia has almost doubled over 10 years, according to the HSE. The latest statistic(...)

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