At the heart of it, food is just food.

At the heart of it, food is just food.

Sustenance. Energy. Enjoyment. Is this something you agree with or have an opinion on? I’m sure if you’re reading the above line you must have some opinions on food/diet/nutrition. We all have opinions and that’s what keeps us interesting. When it comes to opinions on...
Depression, families and friends: some useful things to know.

Depression, families and friends: some useful things to know.

At this moment every family in our land has at least one member with a mental health problem. Think of this, right now, someone you love is experiencing mental distress and he or she may be ill! So how should families and friends respond when confronted with this...
WIMS Podcast Series: Eating Disorders: Causes, Characteristics and Common Misconceptions

WIMS Podcast Series: Eating Disorders: Causes, Characteristics and Common Misconceptions

It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and in the first episode of our new Walk in My Shoes podcast series, Dr Clare O’Toole, Consultant Psychiatrist with responsibility for the Adult Eating Disorder Service at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, shares her expertise on the causes of eating disorder, the treatments available and how best to support someone living with a disorder.

Shake it Off

Shake it Off

Many of us who look in the mirror don’t like what looks back at us. We moan we have too many wrinkles, too many grey hairs, we are too short or too tall, the list goes on and on. We are often highly critical of ourselves both physically and mentally. Instead of being...
Eating Disorders – Family members and stigma

Eating Disorders – Family members and stigma

People who experience mental health difficulties, including those experiencing an eating disorder, often encounter the stigmatising opinion of other people resulting in the devaluing of the person, discrimination and social exclusion. One of the main reasons this...
What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

We all wear masks in various aspects of our lives to fulfil our daily roles, to be professional, to meet expectations. For people who experience mental health difficulties, including anyone with an eating disorder diagnosis, that mask is one that they often struggle...
Stigma and Eating Disorders

Stigma and Eating Disorders

Often when we hear of terms like ‘eating disorder’, ‘anorexia’ or ‘bulimia’ we have an associated image in our heads related to those terms. For those who have not had any personal experience of eating disorders, the conjured image is often an emaciated celebrity who...

Eating Disorder, disordered eating or just a diet?

Today is International No Diet Day. One of the questions many people have is how do you diagnose an eating disorder? This occurs for people who become concerned about a friend, a child or themselves. Most people find going to the text books unhelpful as the categories...
Body Shame to Body Compassion

Body Shame to Body Compassion

The human body, at peace with itself, is more precious than the rarest gem. Cherish your body; it is yours this one time only. The human form is won with difficulty, it is easy to lose. All worldly things are brief, like lightning in the sky; this life you must know...
Emotional Eating – Do we eat to live or live to eat?

Emotional Eating – Do we eat to live or live to eat?

Do you tend to overeat? Are you inclined to eat more when you are stressed, or angry or lonely? Does eating help you relax and cope with difficult times? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” then you could be an emotional over-eater. You may be someone...