It is estimated that one in four or five of us will experience some mental health problems in our lifetime. For that reason 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 about mental health problems and the things in life that can affect your mental health.
We’ve taken some of the most common mental health problems faced by people in Ireland and provided some information and details of support services for each one.
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Stress: While some forms of stress can be positive and even helpful, high stress levels can negatively alter your world view, how you act, your confidence and even how much energy you have to get through the day. Learn more about the signs of stress and how to manage it.
Anxiety: Anxiety is a common experience, however ongoing anxiety can be overwhelming and exhausting. Read up on the signs of anxiety and tips for managing it.
Panic attacks: Characterised by episodes of intense fear or high levels of anxiety, panic attacks can come and go quickly. Research the signs of panic attacks and sources of support.
Feeling down/ depression: Depression is a step beyond having a bad day or feeling down. If you are feeling down or low, and the symptoms interfere with your everyday life for two weeks or more, you might be experiencing depression. Understand the common symptoms of depression and get support.
Self-harm: Self-harming is is a way of dealing with emotional distress. If you are self-harming or are considering it, find information on supports and services.
Suicidal thoughts: If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, there are support services that can help. We also have tips for helping others who are facing a difficult time.
Eating disorders: Eating disorders are complex and can involve unhealthy eating patterns such as eating and purging, restricting eatingexercising. Learn more about eating disorder patterns, signs and support.
Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder is experienced through episodes of very low mood or depression and/or high mood or mania. Click through for support services, insight and symptoms.
Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia affects nearly one in every 100 people. Learn more about symptoms and support.
Other problems that can impact our mental health:
If none of these topics are suitable, you can also learn more about Ireland’s mental health supports and services.