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Mental health resources stretched thinner by nation under pressure

As one curve flattens, another is expected to grow. Psychologists fear years of underinvestment mean Ireland is ill-equipped to deal with the mental health fallout of Covid-19, writes Gabrielle Monaghan

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Frustrated: Kat O'Connor

Frustrated: Kat O'Connor

Frustrated: Kat O'Connor

After a traumatic break-up five years ago and an illness in the family, Kat O'Connor began experiencing debilitating panic attacks and a constant stream of negative thoughts. During bouts of depression, she struggled to eat or even get out of bed in the morning.

"I remember standing at the bus stop round the corner from my house in Drimnagh, Dublin and letting six buses pass me by because I was too fearful to get on," says Kat (25) a writer editor with the female-focused lifestyle websites Shemazing and MummyPages.

She was prescribed medication and, deterred by lengthy waiting lists for therapy in the public system, she began seeing a private counsellor in Dún Laoghaire for cognitive behavioural therapy at a cost of €200 a month.


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