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Comment #4976470 by Doug Leddin

Doug Leddin Apr 14th 2016, 8:17 AM #

Guys thanks so much for sharing this. Means a lot to me and hopefully it reaches out to one person and helps them talk to a friend or family. Hope your readers find it positive and can share this story that affects so many of us here in Ireland.

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VIDEO: If you break your arm, it is fixed but what happens when your mind is broken?

VIDEO: If you break your arm, it is fixed but what happens when your mind is broken?

Doug Leddin’s powerful video message has been shared thousands of times since he posted it last night.

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    Favourite Mark Vincent Healy
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    Apr 14th 2016, 9:17 AM

    The work must go on to deal with mental health in Ireland and it must be recognised how Doug has taken a very brave step in producing this video and putting himself out there. It is up to all of us to challenge the failures of the Irish mental health system to provide better and appropriate services to the desperate needs of our citizens. The failures pile up in over 11,000 self-harming and 500 suiciding in Ireland every year. This simply has to stop. We can do much better because we are a people who believe we can. Well done Doug!

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    Favourite Trevor Beale
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    Apr 14th 2016, 9:25 AM

    That took a lot of bottle Doug, well done.

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    Favourite Audrey Byrne
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    Apr 14th 2016, 9:38 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with depression, I’ve been suffering with it the past 3 years, I’m so grateful I have friends and my Da who’s been brilliant with me, I’m gonna share your story and hope my 21 year-old son reads it and see’s that it’s an everyday struggle and just because he sees me smile doesn’t mean my depression is gone it’s still there it just means I’m fighting to stay strong and I won’t let it beat me. Talking really does help. I wish you all the best uve just made my day better.

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    Favourite Derek
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    Apr 14th 2016, 10:33 AM

    That’s fabulous Doug. Thank you so much for sharing this. Your bravery and honesty will be an inspiration to many many people who suffer silently. Never be afraid to speak out. I’ve endured depression and anxiety for 17 years, and it’s really true, that old saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Keep talking about it!!!

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    Favourite James Darcy
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    Apr 14th 2016, 11:08 AM

    Love to see an article on the difference between counsellors and counselling psychologists. To quote one psychologist “you shouldn’t be spending years in counselling using it as a crutch. We give you the tools to manage your life and it’s up to you from there”

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    Favourite John Donnelly
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    Apr 14th 2016, 11:46 AM

    Thank you for highlighting this Doug! From one sufferer to another! Peace and respect to you.

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    Favourite John Donnelly
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    Apr 14th 2016, 11:53 AM

    Progressive counselling techniques have brought a means to an end when it comes to therapy techniques. At the forefront of these are CBT and DBT they teach the patient how to manage feelings themselves after a programme a patient is cleared to cease therapy with a check up every so often to just make sure everything is going okay. Follow ups will always be a must in mental health as the chances of slipping back into old bad habits are common and easily done. As a professional I don’t recommend constant therapy because it gives the patient a crutch which is not healthy to depend on a professional so much. I’m on the side of teaching the patient to manage their own emotions and feelings themselves with skills we teach them.

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    Favourite A.B.
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    Apr 14th 2016, 1:55 PM

    I’m still to find the right therapist. I’ve been to different ones over the years due to anxiety on and off since I was 20, which was over 10 years. None of it has ever worked for me though and I just became even more anxious most of the time. I lost belief in therapy because I tried so many times. All I wanted was to learn ways of managing my emotions but I haven’t found such therapist yet. I just feel upset because I spent a lot of money only to get worse than I was before therapy. It would be great to introduce a mental health subject in schools to teach people how to manage their emotions and how to cope. Instead, we’re kept in the dark about it until one day it happens to us and we just don’t know what to do or what’s really happening. I know that eventually, they will teach mental health in schools and people won’t believe that once mental health was ignored.

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    Favourite Killian O'Hara
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    Apr 14th 2016, 5:42 PM

    Good man Doug. Right there with you Brother.

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    Apr 14th 2016, 7:50 PM

    The main difference is that one has a degree in psychology,James..

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