Anxiety in Children“It’s been a particularly difficult time for new mums, especially first-time mums.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Pandemic-related anxiety is reaching places most other anxieties never get to. According to Dr Niamh Lynch, Paediatrician at the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, babies are showing signs of anxiety, due to Covid-related stress levels in mothers during pregnancy and beyond. Dr Lynch spoke to Claire Byrne about what the last 9 months have been like for mothers:  “I suppose it’s been a particularly difficult time for new …

The Missing Widget“No sound, no head, looked flat, tasted awful. I assumed it was a dud.”

As heard on liveline

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As the litany of woes to befall the Irish nation in 2020 continues to impact all our lives, one more can be added to the list, thanks to Liveline listeners, and it may well be the unkindest woe of all. Seán told Joe Duffy that, during steak night in his house last weekend, his second can of Guinness behaved differently than his first:  “Poured it. …

Cork University Hospital“If numbers continue to deteriorate as it appears that they are, it’s going to have knock-on consequences.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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There are many worrying takeaways from Brian O’Connell’s report from Cork University Hospital for Today with Claire Byrne on Thursday, the first of which is the fact that just four weeks ago, CUH had no Covid-19 patients in the hospital. When Brian visited them on Wednesday, they had 20, two of whom were in Intensive Care.   “Everyone I met in the CUH, nurse managers, …

Rediscovering Joy“Most of all, I hate this virus because it’s smashed joy out of our lives.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Dr Harry Barry hates Covid-19. He hates it not just because it’s a deadly virus that has infected and killed a lot of people on a global scale, but especially because, he told Claire Byrne, it has taken away our joy. GP and Mental Health Specialist Harry was joined on the Today programme by Dr Ann-Marie Creaven, from the Department of Psychology, University of Limerick to talk about bringing some of …

Covid Career Change“Good things were starting to happen for me. And then Covid hit.” 

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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2020 is entering its final quarter and, let’s face it, it can’t end soon enough. So many people had so many plans and opportunities which have been put on hold or lost since Covid-19 became a major part of all our lives. And live performance has been one of the areas that’s been hit the worst. Just ask Barry Kirwan. Barry’s spent years building his …

Managing Covid Anxiety“I think anxiety is a pretty normal reaction to a pretty abnormal state of affairs.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Senior Clinical Psychologist Dr Keith Gaynor is well, but he’s anxious. Being anxious is fairly universal, Keith told Ryan Tubridy on Thursday, given the nature of the pandemic we’ve all been enduring for the past six months.  “I think anxiety is a pretty normal reaction to a pretty abnormal state of affairs.”  Anxiety is a normal human reaction to being threatened and at the moment, there …

Laura's mother in a Nursing Home“The past 6 months have been hell on earth.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The pandemic has left its mark on so many of us and it continues to affect people in so many different ways. We’ll never get to hear all the stories, but some will reach us and show just how devastating the last six months have been for a lot of people. Some of the worst affected, and possibly least reported on, have been …

Sarah Donovan: Surviving Breast Cancer“It felt like a mandarin in my chest, it was that big.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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As soon as Sarah Donovan heard the word “cancer” from the doctor, she wanted to get out of the room and go somewhere to process what she’d just heard. She’d always been breast aware, even checking for lumps automatically while watching TV. It was while looking forward to a getaway to Lanzarote last year that Sarah came across a lump:  “In early May I was just in the shower as …