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Q: I feel like I have no control over my appetite. I eat too much and too quickly. I gave up alcohol about 16 years ago as I drank too much when I was out and got tired of worrying about it, so I stopped. However, at Christmas, I had a glass of champagne and drank it in one or two gulps. I also drink a lot of coffee, and again, I tend to down it very quickly. Can you please help me get to the bottom of this?
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In the digital age, we exist on a hyper-communicative, responsive, analytical continuum where there is very little information we don’t have access to. A quick Google or a search through social media and we can, in less than a second, immerse ourselves in endless accounts, perspectives and insights on difficulties that we may be similarly experiencing. We are met with bullet-point tips and essays alike for coping across the full spectrum of our mental health, and often, it can feel exceptionally empowering.
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I’m from Rwanda and moved to Ireland in 2006 when I was 10. I grew up in Carlow, but moved to Limerick in 2014 to do a BA in English and history in UL. After that, I did a master’s in African literature, and that has carried on into my PhD.