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'Don't allow panic and stress to take hold'

Uncertainty is the real challenge, say mental health experts - who have never been busier, writes Ali Bracken

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Cognitive behavioural therapist Enda Murphy. Photo: David Conachy

Cognitive behavioural therapist Enda Murphy. Photo: David Conachy

Cognitive behavioural therapist Enda Murphy. Photo: David Conachy

The truth is written all over the faces of everyone we meet, either virtually or in real life. Lockdown 2.0 is much more mentally exhausting, and the country's nerves are collectively frayed. Uncertainty is the real challenge for us all right now, according to three mental health experts who all report a surge in demand for their services.

"If we were told that on December 4, 2021, Covid will be gone, we would find all of this much easier to deal with. But because it's a moving target, that makes it so much harder," explains Enda Murphy, a cognitive behavioural therapist based in Co Louth.


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