Cyberbullying has become an epidemic. In order to fully understand the reasons why and its consequences, awareness programs should be set up in schools and workplaces.
This is my entry for the HubPages Halloween contest, which I had great fun writing.
Munchausen Syndrome is a mental and behavioural disorder where the person deliberately fabricates an illness in order to feel a sense of acceptance. They do have an awareness of what they are doing but cannot control it.
I wrote this poem to highlight the plight of the Amazon Rainforest, which is simply heartbreaking.
Dusk has always been a magical time and I hope this poem captures its essence.
A poem to express a yearning to fly.
Affecting the central nervous system and resulting in damage in the brain and spinal cord, MS is an autoimmune disease. Symptoms can be debilitating, with the condition being more prevalent in women.
A poem written as a reminder of my favourite time of year.
I have tried to re-create the beauty of a visit to the Blue Lagoon in Malta. It’s difficult to do justice to such an incredible place.
For those people who suffer with dementia, communication is often impossible. This poem explores how they might put their feelings about dementia into words, if only they could.
I wrote this poem to capture the essence of my wonderful years in Italy.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is an extreme mental disorder characterised by obsessive thoughts about appearance and body image. Recognised as a hidden disorder due to its shame and stigma, BDD occurs equally in both sexes and adversely affects the person’s quality of life.
Indelible Images is a poem I have written as a tribute to my mother after revisiting our old house in Ireland.
Atychiphobia is a mental disorder classified as the unwarranted, irrational and persistent fear of failure, preventing the sufferer ever reaching their true potential and leading a meaningful life.
Having the ability to communicate authentically will build strong relationships based on honesty and integrity, making it your greatest accomplishment.
Hoarding Disorder is a mental health condition where a person acquires an excessive number of items and displays ongoing resistance to discarding them. Difficult to treat, further research needs to be undertaken in order to fully understand the psychology of this disorder.
The Amalfi Coast, with its incredible landscapes, enchanting towns and stunning vistas, are a little piece of paradise on Italy’s scenic coastline. With something for everyone, this amazing coastline will weave its magic, bringing you under its spell time and again.
Asperger’s syndrome comes under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children with the disorder struggle in social situations, however, it’s important to realise that children with Asperger’s become highly functioning adults, whose unique way of seeing the world comes with its own strengths.
A visit to the islands of Malta—with their rich culture, hospitable people and incredible landscapes—will create unforgettable memories, ensuring you return time and again.
Requiring lifelong treatment, schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating types of mental illness, affecting 1% of all adults globally. The causes of this disorder are not yet fully understood, however, early detection is the key to the right treatment, and understanding is the key to acceptance.
One of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, Edinburgh cannot fail to impress with its ancient attractions, exciting festivals and bustling city centre. A perfect combination of historical and modern, this cosmopolitan city will delight and intrigue even the most discerning traveller.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an extreme anxiety disorder characterised by obsessions and/or compulsions. Challenging and debilitating, this condition often requires long-term treatment. Staying focused on recovery goals and reaching out to a support group will make the journey less challenging.
Dementia and its many challenges has become one of the medical world’s greatest challenges. Understanding dementia and its impact on our lives will hopefully challenge us to participate in ongoing dementia research, ultimately making a difference both now and in the future.
Andalusia resonates with sound, colour and culture, and yet there is a distinctly laid-back feel to the way of life here. With its iconic palaces, passionate flamenco and wonderful festivals, you cannot fail to be impressed by this sun-kissed region enticing you to visit and return.
Connecting to others and forming close bonds is vital to our overall health and happiness to the extent that feeling excluded and lonely can have long-term, negative effects on our wellbeing. Acknowledging these feelings leads to acceptance, understanding and the ability to cope.
Hatha yoga is a slow-paced style yoga focusing on breathing and mastering various healing poses. There is no age limit or prior experience required to practice this gentle, holistic yoga, and committing to classes and home sessions will reap lifelong benefits.
With a wealth of culture and history to excite even the most seasoned of travellers, Berlin is a city which has risen like a phoenix from the ashes. A trip during the summer months offers an experience of a lifetime, and I have no doubt that you will be captivated by its beauty.
Grief is a journey unique to the individual, generally experienced in cycles. There is no time frame with grieving, however, there are distinct stages that occur throughout the process. Understanding these stages can help a person come to terms with their feelings and eventually heal from the loss.
The reasons are varied as to why we should all take up singing. Science proves it not only benefits us mentally but physically, making us stronger, healthier versions of ourselves. It enables us to form strong social bonds, improves our sense of wellbeing and combats feelings of loneliness.
A winter visit to Paris is both relaxing and refreshing, as you marvel at the many attractions or spend time chatting to locals over a cup of coffee. With fewer crowds and a calming atmosphere during the winter months, a trip to this city will stay with you long after you leave.
Anxiety, either acute or chronic, can feel debilitating in the moment. Although professional help is always advisable for those who suffer, at-home therapies and self-help techniques can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and the stress associated with it.
When used in moderation, social media has the ability to impact positively on our daily lives, however, it is important to acknowledge the detrimental effect of these powerful online platforms on our mental health.
Mindful activities that help you focus and relax encourage a calm and meditative state of being. Colouring-in, walking and art therapy are but a few of these activities which can help you on the path to becoming a more mindful person.
More than just the 'baby blues', postnatal depression is a mental illness causing anxious thoughts and extended feelings of hopelessness. Recovery is a gradual process, but with the right treatment and support, it is possible to navigate this confusing mental maze.
This is the era of the technological revolution and the use of robotics in healthcare is very much a reality. How we, as humans, deal with that reality will depend on our understanding and acceptance of how they work and how beneficial their use can be.
Notoriously difficult to diagnose, bipolar disorder is as debilitating as it is destructive. The symptoms, causes and types are wide-ranging and extreme. Therefore, a strong support network is vital for those who struggle with this complex disorder.
The beautiful town of San Gimignano is the jewel of the Tuscan crown. Like stepping into the pages of a medieval book, a visit to this historic destination will capture your heart and inspire your imagination.
Sleep deprivation or insomnia is extremely harmful to our overall health and many of the side effects of the more traditional sleep medications are often worse than insomnia itself. Aromatherapy is a great natural alternative to reaching for that bottle of sleeping pills.