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Stifling: You may have thought it was agoraphobia but it differs. I highly recommend this discussion on youtube.

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27th December 2022: Irish Independent article by Mary Kenny about Nun’s and their contributions brought to mind Sr (Dr) Maura O’Donohue. What an incredible contribution. I had the privilege of meeting Maura in Zimbabwe, while she was on a work visit, so fiery, spirited and this contribution to the Dictionary of Biography tells us that there are many people who chose to be priests and nuns, who travelled on the Missions and are the hidden backbone of survival, education, health provision and so much more. My paternal grandmother was an O’Donohue and related.

Skip to main content Dictionary of Irish Biography O’Donohue, Maura Contributed by O’Riordan, Turlough Maura O’Donohue Copyright Courtesy of the Medical Missionaries of Mary. All rights reserved O’Donohue, Maura (1933–2015), missionary doctor and public health campaigner, was born on 2 … Continue reading

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Thanks to tweet from Erskine Childer’s great grandson of a photo of my grandfather, Michael Comyn, KC, as they gathered to form first De Valera government 1933.

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Untold stories CNN …. over 9,500 brains held in collection in Denmark since 1940’s. Ethics causes indecision. Science needs to find answers but then ethics says these brains were taken from psychiatric patients without proper sanction. Personally, I believe Scientists should have access to them now … there are blunt answers to mental health still and stigma. We no longer have lobotomies, or recurrent ECT but what are the medications and their implications? Blackdog hounds me especially when routine days are interrupted by so called festivities. I fear collapse to restraint to being locked away indefinitely. Why? that is what depression is and if you can’t hold on, you just fall backwards into a hole that becomes more and more difficult to see light of any significance and the game is up when the light fails to penetrate and you are gone. I thank the team who put together this TV programme, the grandniece journalist who sought out the story … and most importantly shared it. I hope someone with the expertise can go to Denmark and the brains of so many people can be used to help find an answer to psychiatric illnesses like Schizophrenia, Bipolar, horrid depression. Too often Anxiety in all its manifestations can be the instigator of significant depression but anxiety is ignored or scoffed as normal or something that can be overcome by exercise!

The complications of family history with manic depression; personally having same with the complication of traumatic brain injury, I had naively thought, “for the benefit of others, so they did not have to suffer the same as me” that I … Continue reading

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‘I haven’t come across any paranormal phenomena that cannot be explained by a damaged brain’ Interview: Saul Martinez-Horta. Ref: EL PAIS

INTERVIEW Saul Martínez-Horta: ‘I haven’t come across any paranormal phenomena that cannot be explained by a damaged brain’ In a new book, the Barcelona-based neuropsychologist unravels the strange behaviors and conduct that neurological diseases can cause in people JESSICA MOUZO … Continue reading

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Comerford — Blake-Forster — Comyn

https://www.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID=6561249004966522983&blogName=Patrick+Comerford&publishMode=PUBLISH_MODE_HOSTED&navbarType=LIGHT&layoutType=LAYOUTS&searchRoot=https://www.patrickcomerford.com/search&blogLocale=en_GB&v=2&homepageUrl=https://www.patrickcomerford.com/&targetPostID=2991322514805062314&blogPostOrPageUrl=https://www.patrickcomerford.com/2022/02/the-judge-from-co-clare-family-who-was.html&vt=8815153255018484625&usegapi=1&jsh=m%3B%2F_%2Fscs%2Fabc-static%2F_%2Fjs%2Fk%3Dgapi.lb.en.geaHZXF2-fw.O%2Fd%3D1%2Frs%3DAHpOoo9yYF5eCIYPx4UH9gpJptM2Q_GGxQ%2Fm%3D__features__#id=navbar-iframe&_gfid=navbar-iframe&parent=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.patrickcomerford.com&pfname=&rpctoken=13301123 PATRICK COMERFORD: an online journal on Anglicanism, theology, spirituality, history, architecture, travel, poetry, beach walks … and more 10 FEBRUARY 2022 The judge from a Co Clarefamily who was once sackedfrom ‘The Irish Times’ Drumcreehy Churchyard, near Ballyvaughan, Co … Continue reading

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The Criminal Justice Issue Nobody Talks About: Brain Injuries. My personal comment: People forget the onset of mental illness, especially, depression, anxiety disorders and phobias which are part of what is called the “silent epidemic”. Personally I have gone through periods of intense anxiety, necessitating daily medications for over 3 decades. I have tamed, slightly, the agoraphobia but in doing this I exist in a structured “box” mental state and going beyond is a real source of additional anxiety. The Marshall Project is needed in countries like Ireland. Too often cases get recorded by the newspaper but there is no journal for people who “exist” within our prisons. Maybe someone will think about this.

01.06.2022 Life Inside The Criminal Justice Issue Nobody Talks About: Brain Injuries I know firsthand what it’s like to navigate the criminal justice system with a brain injury caused by domestic violence. I also live with the fact that an … Continue reading

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These are the untapped benefits of feeling gratitude. Source: COMPASS / FASTCOMPANY. Personal comment: If Black Dog is hounding you and all you feel like is withdrawal to the size of nothing of worth; this can be a good way either to start the day or to end it.

These are the untapped benefits of feeling gratitude A cynical tendency can make survival in the modern world extremely difficult. [Source Photo: Getty] MORE LIKE THIS The email Elon Musk just sent to Twitter employees is a masterclass in how … Continue reading

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Excellent article by Mick Clifford, Irish Examiner 19th November 2022. He writes about those executed in the name of the FREE STATE. The shame in Ireland is the power used by the FREE STATE to quell their opponents was the execution of nearly double the number of men than the occupier the British Empire had done at the time of the Rising in 1916. 1922 Erskine Childers held a pistol given to him by Michael Collins. He was executed 24th November 2022, 100 years ago and the anniversary day is approaching. Mick Clifford makes an interesting point not necessarily referring to Erskine Childers but if it had been De Valera who was caught with a pistol, like most of the men executed, would De Valera have suffered their Fate, in most cases … execution by firing squad. (search canisgallicus.com … Erskine Childers and Michael Comyn KC)

Sun, 20 Nov, 2022 – 07:06 Mick Clifford Last Thursday marked the centenary of one of the lowest points in this country’s history. At the height of the Civil War, the Free State side began executing prisoners. The extra-judicial killings … Continue reading

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TBI 30+ years ago; Sr Noreen and Sr Margaret, Mashambanzou, Harare, Zimbabwe took me under their wing. Their constant advice was “Rest Restores”. Years later I failed to heed their advice and returned to Trinity College Dublin and with the benefit of hindsight failed to regard just how important sleep is. Life taught me a lesson with Chronic Fatigue preventing me completing my final BESS exam and 6 years of chronic fatigue and drop dead exhaustions preventing me from engaging in life. I imagine people with Long Covid are experiencing a form of chronic fatigue. For me, it was worse than my experience with breast cancer, nearly 15 years later. There is short clip 5 minutes of Professor Walker on TED below but I recommend this video also.

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