Common Problems

One in four of us will experience some mental health problems in our lifetime. It’s important to understand the basic facts of mental health, be able to recognise signs of mental health problems and understand types of mental health problems. In this section, you will find information on some of the most common mental health problems faced by people in Ireland.

Bi- Polar Disorder

Bipolar disorder used to be called ‘manic depression’. As the name suggests, it is characterized by episodes of very low mood or depression and/or high...
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Depression

Everyone feels down, fed-up, miserable or sad from time to time. These feelings don’t typically last longer than a few days or a week, and...
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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex and potentially life threatening mental health problems. Typically when we think about eating disorders, we think of someone who is very...
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Panic Attacks

Sudden episodes of intense fear or anxiety are called panic attacks. They tend to be short lived but severe and very frightening.  Panic attacks can initially...
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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental health diagnosis often used to describe experiences such as disturbances in your thoughts, perceptions, emotions and behaviour. About one in every 100...
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Self Harm

Self-harm means harming yourself as a way of dealing with emotional distress. Sometimes distressing problems may feel like they will never go away. It can...
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Stress

Stress is how you feel when you are facing demands that you are not sure you can meet. It is a normal part of everyday...
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Suicidal Thoughts

Experiencing a lot of emotional pain or distress, and losing hope that things can improve, can lead to suicidal thoughts. There are a lot of...
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