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Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for Irishhealth.com 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.

Aphantasia: Nearly 30 years on from traumatic brain injury, using the internet I found out about Professor Zeman and Aphantasia. This explains so much of the loss with head injury that is never discussed but can have profound impact and possibly be responsible for multimorbidities.

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Ireland: Traumatised refugees from the Ukraine are entering Ireland in numbers beyond our understanding. What we do know is that our psychiatric/mental illness provisions are much underfunded and already in crisis. Could there be an answer in this venture established in 2017. My personal experience with mental illness, tells me yes.

Leaps by Bayer Invests in Woebot Health March 15, 2022 An estimated 280 million people suffer from depression globally, making it one of the most common mental disorders and the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health … Continue reading

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Can COVID make your brain shrink? A recent Oxford University study revealed changes in several parts of the brain after people contracted the virus, including those who experienced mild symptoms. Source: Al Jazeera Posted by Fred Bassett DOCTOR’S NOTE Features|Doctor’s Note … Continue reading

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“ADD or ADHD”. Decades and finally there are some indications that it could apply to you. Excellent article from ADDitude. “I am an Excellent Starter. The Trouble Is Finishing.”

Join | Sign In Search ADDitude SUBSCRIBE ADHD Symptoms & Tests ADHD Treatment ADHD Parenting School & Learning ADHD Adults ADHD Resources For Professionals MAGAZINE Community Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms of Use Home 18th March 2022 Guest Blogs “I … Continue reading

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“When the student is ready, the tutor will appear”. He did and introduced me to the quest to find answers through reading, youtube, lectures. What I found out most recently is that the foundation of much of the anxiety started when I was 3 years old and hounded by nightmares of those close to me “dying”, being murdered by a Volkswagon car. At age of 32 a traumatic brain injury changed my destiny, the level of perfection which started from childhood, became the real rod upon my back. Perhaps this is why the neuropsychologist stressed to me that the outcomes from brain injuries differ. ADHD was not talked about in the 1960’s but with the benefit hindsight, it needs to be looked at now. Perfection is a hard task master and it consumes your brain … my advice is be alert to it and learn to accept “Enough” not “Perfection”. ADDitude “Adults Living with ADHD” is an article I can concur with. See below. (I highly recommend this article, each and every line, I can identify with … and I am a believer in lifelong learning…6 decades now).

Inside the ADHD mind ADHD Adults Health & Nutrition Emotions & Shame When Perfectionism Stems from ADHD: Challenging the Fallacy of “Not Good Enough” Perfectionism, when unhealthy, drives a person to exhaustion striving for a flawlessness that’s neither reasonable nor … Continue reading

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Functional Cognitive Disorder: dementia’s blind spot

Originally posted on george rook:
[Study reported in Brain (Brain. 2020 Oct; 143(10): 2895–2903. PMCID: PMC7586080 Published online 2020 Aug 13. doi: 10.1093/brain/awaa224 PMID: 32791521 Functional cognitive disorder: dementia’s blind spot)] Some will have read recently in social media comments…

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Post Pandemic Stress Disorder: Recommend this article. My experience is depression as young as 8 year old; hounded by anxiety without it ever being discussed. Tackle this crisis now; do not let children suffer throughout their lives. Listen to people who have experienced the pain of depression, anxiety, excessive stress, phobias, etc. “One in four people will experience mental illness in their lives, costing the global economy an estimated $6 trillion by 2030.”

2017 it was a diagnosis of breast cancer so I wrote book not knowing what the future had in store in the hope that my experiences may help another. Fortune Favours the Brave by Michelle Marcella Clarke is published by … Continue reading

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Trinity College Dublin: Senate Elections. Please vote for Tom Clonan (please share with Trinity College Dublin graduates). I would gladly vote; but this blog tells the story how I studied to finals for BESS but became ill so I have not degree to vote for Tom Clonan

Dr Tom Clonan Retweeted Rossa McPhillips MBE @mcphillr · 1h He’s got my vote in upcoming #TCDSeanad Election. A caring father and robust SME on a range of subjects Quote Tweet Dr Tom Clonan @TomClonan · 2h Please ask Trinity … Continue reading

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“Asylum” I shudder deep within but that is Fear. This article by Rosita Boland (Saturday 29th January 2022 Irish Times) is comprehensive. Asylum means “Refuge” but the history of the treatment of people diagnosed with mental illness is a journey we all need to explore; some of us have been there and you will see from my blog my experiences. I have written book “Fortune Favours the Brave” by Michelle Marcella Clarke on Amazon. I believe this article should be read far and wide in Ireland which has a miniscule budget allocation for mental health/illness as I prefer to use. COVID-19 was Public Health No 1 but following it is Public Health No 2 … it is called Post Pandemic Stress Disorder. The time is now to learn from people who know from experience mental illness.

Subscribe Sign In Wed, Feb 2, 2022 Dublin 9°c An open secret: Ireland’s lunatic asylums and mental hospitals Tens of thousands of people were resident in institutions – often for decades Sat, Jan 29, 2022, 06:00 Rosita Boland 16 Eddie … Continue reading

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A foggy trundle to match my foggy head….. 

Originally posted on Which me am I today?:
It’s been such a crazily busy month that it was inevitable that good days would be followed by bad days…and I’ve had so many hazy days of late because of it, but…

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