If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

O’Leary courage in speaking about her depression is a truly admirable act

The courageous candour of broadcaster Olivia O’Leary in illuminating her past struggles with depression is an inspirational boost for all, and not only those who are actually struggling with significant life- distress. (Irish Examiner, May 7).

For such a supremely accomplished and affably astute lady of integrity and grit, hers is an impressive disclosure by any standards. One hopes it can authentically enhance the ongoing awareness and acceptance of such issues. One fervently hopes also that the contextual realities of such challenging life-distress impasses, can be fully explored and recalibrated from the personal, familial, communal and societal as well as trans- generational perspectives.

Extreme, debilitating distress, is not borne from chemical imbalance in the brain, but has deep roots in copious corners of psyche and body-soma. Such somatic absorptive memory of many traumatic variants, big, small, protracted, genetic and experiential can coalesce to unsettle the equilibrium to greater or smaller extents. Life is, for all, a ‘vicissitudinal’ proposition which can easily overwhelm, especially in the fray of uber-pressure to ‘succeed’. Current levels of hyper-competitive entrepreneurialisms and disempowering corporate neo-liberalisms, allied to techno-tsunamis which pervade and occlude natural human communication dynamics don’t augur well for any settled or sustainable homeostasis in this regard.

Next up will be an app for wellbeing — forget about empathic neighbourliness, contentedness and the spirit of the meitheal.

It’s a dog-eat-dog world, and it’s swiftly becoming unfit for humanistic purpose. Profit-programming designed for developing and acquiring more needless ‘stuff’ seems to be the order of the day.

The attendant pressures to perform and ‘succeed’ grow forever apace, spawning so many casualties in the wellbeing department. The rush to ‘pillify’ the situation ala pharmacological responses is the worst possible option. Sad ... oh so sad.

Jim Cosgrove

Chapel Street

Lismore

Co Waterford

More on this topic

Learning Points: Light at the end of the tunnel for mental health?Learning Points: Light at the end of the tunnel for mental health?

Mental Health Commission of Ireland: Patients spending too long in mental health unitsMental Health Commission of Ireland: Patients spending too long in mental health units

Irish Examiner View: Mental health review - Still trying to hit 2006 targetIrish Examiner View: Mental health review - Still trying to hit 2006 target

Louise O'Neill: To solely blame tabloids for Caroline Flack's death absolves the rest of us of responsibilityLouise O'Neill: To solely blame tabloids for Caroline Flack's death absolves the rest of us of responsibility


Lifestyle

“This is an illness, a psychiatric disorder. It’s about deeper issues, about needing to be in control, needing to be perfect. It’s about an inability to handle and express feelings.”Eating your heart out: Why eating disorders are not about food

More From The Irish Examiner