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 …

Darragh Carroll and the Flame of Fertility“I had to carry this sense of abundant fertility from one place of enormous balance to another place which has lost its balance.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Where to start with Darragh Carroll? Talk about the flame of fertility? His encounter with Richard the Pirate? Or maybe the best way to cook roadkill? The 26-year-old from Rathfarnham in Dublin has been on quite the journey over the last year or so, as he told Ryan Tubridy on Wednesday morning. While he was a teenager, Darragh apprenticed as a butcher and worked in a lot of restaurants …

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 …

Coping with a Stammer“People seem to think that it’s actually ok to treat a person with a stutter like they don’t matter.” 

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There are a lot of ways you could talk about Sandra Kelly after hearing her on Tuesday’s Ryan Tubridy Show. You could say that she’s brave, she’s honest, that going on the radio to talk about her stammer has to be challenging and must have been nerve-wracking and isn’t she amazing for doing it? And all these things would be true, but they still come across as a little patronising of …

Alison Arngrim“I was more the child who would have been the victim of a Nellie Oleson!”

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Playing the role of Nellie Oleson was very liberating, as actor Alison Arngrim told Ryan Tubridy today. Alison, now 58, says she loved being TV’s original ‘mean girl’; who she played from the age of 12. Just how liberating it was to play the boldest child in the village only came out much later, long after  The Little House on …

Emer O'Neill“Racism is here in Ireland on our doorsteps and it’s happening around you every day and you’re probably not even aware of it.”

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When she was a child, maybe 4 or 5 years old, Emer O’Neill’s mother found her sitting in the bath, scrubbing herself furiously. Her mother asked her what she was doing.   “And I said I was trying to get the brown off but it wouldn’t come off.”  On Wednesday’s Ryan Tubridy Show, Emer talked about growing up as a black girl born in Ireland in the 1980s. …

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

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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 …

Alastair Campbell“I hope that if people are out there who are struggling, that they don’t take as long as I did to face up to some of the things that you need to do.”

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Mental health has yet to achieve parity with physical health in terms of perception: there are still people and places where mental illness is considered a taboo, a stigma, a sign of weakness. But, of course, mental illness is just like physical illness – anyone can get it and it’s best to seek treatment advice from a medical professional. And, just like any other illness, …