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Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic

B. Gavin, J. Lyne, F. McNicholas, Blanaid Gavin, John Lyne, Fiona McNicholas,

With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the greatest global challenge in a generation. The full extent of the mental health impact is, as yet, unknown, but is anticipated to be severe and enduring. In this Special Issue dedicated to mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic, we ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[0, 37(3):156-158]

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Pandemic-Related Emergency Psychiatric Presentations for Self-Harm of Children and Adolescents in 10 Countries (PREP-Kids): A Retrospective International Cohort Study

Dennis Ougrin, Hoi Ching Wong, Mehrak Vaezinejad, Paul Plener, Tauseef Mehdi, Liana Romaniuk, Elizabeth Barrett, Haseena Hussain, Alexandra Lloyd, Jovanka Tolmac, Manish Rao, Sulagna Chakrabarti, Sara Carucci, Omer Moghraby, Rachel Elvins, Farah Rozali, Ereni Skouta, Fiona McNicholas, Benjamin Baig, Dejan Stevanovic, Peter Nagy, Chiara Davico, Hassan Mirza, Evren Tufan, Fatima Youssef, Ben Meadowcroft, Sabine Landau,

Background: Suicide is the second leading cause on death in young people and self-harm is one of the strongest predictors of death by suicide. Little is known about the impact of covid-19 lockdown on hospital presentations with self-harm.<br><br>Method: We used electronic patient records from 23 hospital emergency departments in 10 ... Read more >>

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Lived Experiences of Diagnostic Shifts in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Contexts: a Qualitative Interview Study with Young People and Parents.

Cliodhna O'Connor, Fiona McNicholas,

Psychiatric diagnoses are important resources in helping young people and families make sense of emotional or behavioural difficulties. However, the poor reliability of diagnoses in childhood means many young service-users experience their diagnosis being removed, revised or supplemented over time. No previous research has investigated how young service-users experience, understand ... Read more >>

J Abnorm Child Psychol (Journal of abnormal child psychology)
[2020, 48(8):979-993]

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Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic.

B Gavin, J Lyne, F McNicholas,

With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the greatest global challenge in a generation. The full extent of the mental health impact is, as yet, unknown, but is anticipated to be severe and enduring. In this Special Issue dedicated to mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic, we ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2020, 37(3):156-158]

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Opportunities for international collaboration in COVID-19 mental health research.

Blánaid Gavin, John C Hayden, Etain Quigley, Dimitrios Adamis, Fiona McNicholas,

Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (European child & adolescent psychiatry)
[2020, :]

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Validation of the Transition Readiness and Appropriateness Measure (TRAM) for the Managing the Link and Strengthening Transition from Child to Adult Mental Healthcare in Europe (MILESTONE) study.

Paramala Santosh, Jatinder Singh, Laura Adams, Mathilde Mastroianni, Natalie Heaney, Kate Lievesley, Ilyas Sagar-Ouriaghli, Giovanni Allibrio, Rebecca Appleton, Nikolina Davidović, Giovanni de Girolamo, Gwen Dieleman, Katarina Dodig-Ćurković, Tomislav Franić, Charlotte Gatherer, Suzanne Gerritsen, Elisa Gheza, Jason Madan, Lidia Manenti, Athanasios Maras, Francesco Margari, Fiona McNicholas, Adriana Pastore, Moli Paul, Diane Purper-Ouakil, Francesco Rinaldi, Vehbi Sakar, Ulrike Schulze, Giulia Signorini, Cathy Street, Priya Tah, Sabine Tremmery, Amanda Tuffrey, Helena Tuomainen, Frank Verhulst, Jane Warwick, Anna Wilson, Dieter Wolke, Federico Fiori, Swaran Singh, ,

OBJECTIVE:Young people moving from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to adult mental health services (AMHS) are faced with significant challenges. To improve this state of affairs, there needs to be a recognition of the problem and initiatives and an urgent requirement for appropriate tools for measuring readiness and ... Read more >>

BMJ Open (BMJ open)
[2020, 10(6):e033324]

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A clinician's guide to self-poisoning with paracetamol in youth: The what, when and why?

John C Hayden, Louisa Kelly, Fiona McNicholas,

AIM:Deliberate self-poisoning or overdose is a common presentation to the paediatric emergency departments (ED) due to a lack of emergency access to child and adolescent mental health services. We overview medical and psychiatric assessment of overdoses in youth with the most commonly implicated drug, paracetamol, as a case study. METHODS:A ... Read more >>

Acta Paediatr (Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992))
[2020, :]

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Assessment and management of anorexia nervosa during COVID-19.

O Walsh, F McNicholas,

Management of the high rates of medical and psychiatric complications, including self-harm and suicide, associated with anorexia nervosa requires regular clinical review. However, during the current pandemic, face-to-face clinical assessments carry the risk of infection and transmission in this vulnerable cohort already compromised by low weight and lowered immunity. This ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2020, 37(3):187-191]

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Prevalence and psychopathologic significance of hallucinations in individuals with a history of seizures.

Kathryn Yates, Ulla Lång, Jordan DeVylder, Mary Clarke, Fiona McNicholas, Mary Cannon, Hans Oh, Ian Kelleher,

OBJECTIVE:A relationship between seizure activity and hallucinations is well established. The psychopathologic significance of hallucinations in individuals with seizures, however, is unclear. In this study, we assessed the prevalence of auditory and visual hallucinations in individuals who reported a seizure history and investigated their relationship with a number of mental ... Read more >>

Epilepsia (Epilepsia)
[2020, 61(7):1464-1471]

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COVID-19, mental health and psychological first aid.

E Minihan, B Gavin, B D Kelly, F McNicholas,

Crises such as the global pandemic of COVID-19 (coronavirus) elicit a range of responses from individuals and societies adversely affecting physical and emotional well-being. This article provides an overview of factors elicited in response to COVID-19 and their impact on immunity, physical health, mental health and well-being. Certain groups, such ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2020, :1-5]

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Medical students and COVID-19: the need for pandemic preparedness.

Lorcan O'Byrne, Blánaid Gavin, Fiona McNicholas,

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted unprecedented global disruption. For medical schools, this has manifested as examination and curricular restructuring as well as significant changes to clinical attachments. With the available evidence suggesting that medical students' mental health status is already poorer than that of the general population, with academic stress ... Read more >>

J Med Ethics (Journal of medical ethics)
[2020, 46(9):623-626]

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Impact and Mechanism of Covid-19 on Mental Health and Wellbeing.

D Lynch, M O'Brien, L O'Byrne, B Gavin, F McNicholas,

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented pressure to healthcare systems worldwide, resulting in significant and precipitous changes in demand, burden and method of delivery. The psychosocial impact of this crisis is likely to increase over the course of the pandemic, peak later than medical cases and endure for longer thereby ... Read more >>

Ir Med J (Irish medical journal)
[2020, 113(6):100]

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Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic.

B Gavin, J Lyne, F McNicholas,

With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the greatest global challenge in a generation. The full extent of the mental health impact is, as yet, unknown, but is anticipated to be severe and enduring. In this Special Issue dedicated to mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic, we ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2020, 37(3):156-158]

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'Policing' a pandemic: Garda wellbeing and COVID-19.

L Rooney, F McNicholas,

In response to the global pandemic COVID-19, the Irish government has called upon the Garda Síochána to implement an unparalleled mode of policing to mitigate and contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Studies investigating smaller scale epidemics, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), indicate that staff at the frontlines ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2020, 37(3):192-197]

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The use of telepsychiatry during COVID-19 and beyond.

M O'Brien, F McNicholas,

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the traditional practice of psychiatric assessment and treatment via face-to-face interaction. Telepsychiatry, the delivery of psychiatric care remotely through telecommunications technology, is an existing and under-utilised tool that may help to minimise disruption to patient care. Technological advancement is at a stage where it can ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2020, :1-6]

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Social Media Spread During Covid-19: The Pros and Cons of Likes and Shares.

M O'Brien, K Moore, F McNicholas,

Ir Med J (Irish medical journal)
[2020, 113(4):52]

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Protocol for the development and validation procedure of the managing the link and strengthening transition from child to adult mental health care (MILESTONE) suite of measures.

P Santosh, L Adams, F Fiori, N Davidović, G de Girolamo, G C Dieleman, T Franić, N Heaney, K Lievesley, J Madan, A Maras, M Mastroianni, F McNicholas, M Paul, D Purper-Ouakil, I Sagar-Ouriaghli, U Schulze, G Signorini, C Street, P Tah, S Tremmery, H Tuomainen, F C Verhulst, J Warwick, D Wolke, J Singh, S P Singh, ,

BACKGROUND:Mental health disorders in the child and adolescent population are a pressing public health concern. Despite the high prevalence of psychopathology in this vulnerable population, the transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) has many obstacles such as deficiencies in planning, organisational ... Read more >>

BMC Pediatr (BMC pediatrics)
[2020, 20(1):167]

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Caring for the Psychological Well-Being of Healthcare Professionals in the Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis.

B Gavin, J Hayden, D Adamis, F McNicholas,

Ir Med J (Irish medical journal)
[2020, 113(4):51]

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A cross-cultural qualitative study of the ethical aspects in the transition from child mental health services to adult mental health services.

Lesley O'Hara, Ingrid Holme, Priya Tah, Tomislav Franic, Nikolina Vrljičak Davidović, Moli Paul, Swaran Preet Singh, Cathy Street, Helena Tuomainen, Ulrike Schulze, Fiona McNicholas, ,

BACKGROUND:Transitioning from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) raises novel ethical aspects for healthcare professionals, as well as for young people, their parents and carers. METHOD:Focus groups were conducted in Croatia, Ireland and the United Kingdom with youth mental health groups and youth ... Read more >>

Child Adolesc Ment Health (Child and adolescent mental health)
[2020, 25(3):143-149]

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A One Year Cost Analysis of Acute Paediatric Mental Health Presentations.

R McNicholas, R Quirke, F Lynch, K Maunder, F McNicholas,

Aim Examine costs associated with acute mental health presentations (AMHP) to a paediatric emergency department (ED) in 2016 and 2018. Methods Case identification and bed costs were calculated. Results In 2018, 163 youths attended the ED with AMHP, 122 (75%) were admitted (average 8 days), representing a yearly cost to ... Read more >>

Ir Med J (Irish medical journal)
[2020, 113(2):22]

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What Differentiates Children with ADHD Symptoms Who Do and Do Not Receive a Formal Diagnosis? Results from a Prospective Longitudinal Cohort Study.

Cliodhna O'Connor, Fiona McNicholas,

ADHD diagnoses are increasing worldwide, in patterns involving both overdiagnosis of some groups and underdiagnosis of others. The current study uses data from a national longitudinal study of Irish children (N = 8568) to examine the sociodemographic, clinical and psychological variables that differentiate children with high hyperactivity/inattention symptoms, who had and had ... Read more >>

Child Psychiatry Hum Dev (Child psychiatry and human development)
[2020, 51(1):138-150]

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Burnout in consultants in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in Ireland: a cross-sectional study.

Fiona McNicholas, Sonita Sharma, Cliodhna Oconnor, Elizabeth Barrett,

Physician burnout has reached epidemic levels in many countries, contributing to adverse personal, patient and service outcomes. Adverse socioeconomic conditions, such as the economic downturn in the Ireland post 2008, contribute to a situation of increased demand but inadequate resources. Given a recent unprecedented increase in referrals to Irish child ... Read more >>

BMJ Open (BMJ open)
[2020, 10(1):e030354]

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Adolescents Presenting with Mental Health Crises.

V Gadancheva, H Barry, F McNicholas,

Aims The aim of the study is to examine emergency mental health (MH) presentations and assessments of adolescents (16-18) presenting to a Dublin adult emergency department (ED). Methods Clinical data was collected on all patients over a 12 month period. Results Seventy seven adolescents presented, the majority out of hours ... Read more >>

Ir Med J (Irish medical journal)
[2019, 112(10):1020]

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Participatory development of a patient-clinician communication tool to enhance healthcare transitions for young people with 22q11.2.

Lorna Kerin, Diarmuid Lynch, Fiona McNicholas,

BACKGROUND:Individuals with the rare genetic disorder, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2ds), face particular challenges with transition from paediatric to adult health services due to complex physical and mental health care needs, often further complicated by intellectual disability (ID). To date, the lived experience of these young people navigating this complex journey ... Read more >>

Ir J Med Sci (Irish journal of medical science)
[2020, 189(3):761-769]

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How do people with eating disorders experience the stigma associated with their condition? A mixed-methods systematic review.

Cliodhna O'Connor, Niamh McNamara, Lesley O'Hara, Megan McNicholas, Fiona McNicholas,

Background: Public opinion research shows that eating disorders (EDs) are a major target of stigmatisation. To understand the implications of this stigma, research investigating how stigma is experienced by individuals with EDs is critical.Aim: This paper aims to collate, evaluate and synthesise the extant empirical research illuminating how people with ... Read more >>

J Ment Health (Journal of mental health (Abingdon, England))
[2019, :1-16]

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