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Avoid Morning Ireland news urges doctor

PSYCHOLOGIST Tony Bates has urged people to avoid Morning Ireland first thing -- or face sinking into depression.

The founding director of Headstrong -- the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland -- said that there is a tendency to "grit your teeth" and become frustrated with what is happening around you.

But Dr Bates said that everyone needs to take a few minutes to themselves before tuning into news from around the world.

Speaking on RTE radio, he said: "Try and get some moment of quiet just when you wake up. Don't turn on Morning Ireland first thing in the morning when you wake up.

"Don't let the news jangle your nerves before you've had a chance to connect with your own body."

Dr Bates advised when faced with moments of minor stress where "life nails us to the spot" we should stop there and not blame anyone else.

"Whether it is finding yourself in the middle seat on the plane, behind the woman at the cash desk who can't find any money or sitting beside someone on the bus playing incredibly loud music -- we should move towards it.


"Just take it in, just let it in, instead of pushing it out.

"It is so important to eat well, sleep and get exercise. It is the little things, the little pleasures that you have to focus on."

Dr Bates' advice comes as a former assistant state pathologist said he was concerned about the growing link between anti-depressants and suicide.

Dr Declan Gilsenan that he had seen "too many suicides" after people had started taking the drugs and questioned whether GPs were over-prescribing them.

Dr Gilsenan wants to meet with Kathleen Lynch, minister for mental health, as part of a delegation organised by campaigner Leonie Fennell.

Ms Fennell is the mother of Shane Clancy, who took his own life after killing his friend Sebastian Creane and stabbing his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Hannigan in Bray over two years ago.

She has been campaigning since his death as Shane had just started a course of anti-depressants and it is now believed he took more than the prescribed amount.

Dr Gilsenan said that there are certain things such as "accumulation in the system".

"It certainly seems GPs are using anti-depressants very frequently," he added.