Amanda with her three children, Nathan (11) who has dyspraxia and ADHD, Max (8), who is autistic, and Lily (4), with pet dog Jack. Photograph: Alan Betson

Amanda never envisaged the scale of the uphill struggle ahead when she first applied to assess her son’s condition. Early intervention is crucial in (...)

A decrease in stigma around mental health plus increasing anxiety and academic pressure to do well appear to be factors in the rise in demand for counselling services, according to professionals. Photograph: iStock

Irish universities are struggling to cope with a surge in demand for mental health supports, according to counsellors. A decrease in stigma around m(...)

Being mindful helps us to slow down. This can put us in a better position to decide on a course

Embrace the grey Overthinking is thinking about something too much, or for too long. It’s human nature to weigh things up, but if you find yourself re(...)

‘When I discuss us moving in together, she quickly changes the topic, and she has only told me about hospital visits at the very last minute.’ Photograph: iStock

Question: My wife of 16 years died four years ago. I was, and continue to be, heartbroken. We met in our teens, bought a house together in our early 2(...)

Dr Eddie Murphy, Expert Operation Transformation  has received unwarranted malicious emails and Direct Messages online.

An expert adviser on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation has spoken out about unprecedented trolling and critical emails he says have taken a “personal and(...)

A quarter of a century after the first divorces, what have we learned?

25 years on from a divisive referendum, divorce in Ireland remains a costly, traumatic and isolating experience Twenty-five years ago,(...)

In December, there were 1,077 families experiencing homelessness and 2,451 children experiencing homelessness. Photograph: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

Family homelessness is “one of the direst challenges” facing the State and the progress achieved on the issue during the Covid-19 pandemic should not (...)

The past two years has highlighted how we all rely on having at least one person to talk to. Photograph: Getty

Mental health professionals say many of us are still hurting badly from the Covid-19 pandemic and are changed by the experience of the past tw(...)

What happens during a panic attack is that your body misinterprets a situation as dangerous. Artist: Elisabetta Stoinich

Fionnula MacLiam is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist and a registered psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland. She is a lecturer(...)

In the past what we now describe as Seasonal Affective Disorder would have been known as the winter blues

It is Health Season in The Irish Times. In print and online, we will be offering encouragement and inspiration to help us all improve our ph(...)

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