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Staff stress and burnout in a community adult mental health service.

Norella Broderick, Roisin Vaughan, Fiona McNicholas, Larkin Feeney,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Burnout has been associated with medical errors and low levels should be considered an indicator of service quality. This study examined the level of personal, work and client-related burnout in medical, other clinical and non-clinical staff in an adult community mental health service.<h4>Methods</h4>An anonymous study-specific questionnaire was designed and circulated ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2021, :1-9]

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Referral patterns for specialist child and adolescent mental health services in the Republic of Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with 2019 and 2018.

Fiona McNicholas, Ian Kelleher, Elma Hedderman, Fionnuala Lynch, Elaine Healy, Therese Thornton, Edwina Barry, Lisa Kelly, James McDonald, Keith Holmes, Glenda Kavanagh, Maria Migone,

<h4>Background</h4>Countries worldwide are experiencing a third wave of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Government-imposed restrictive measures continue with undetermined effects on physical and mental health.<h4>Aims</h4>To compare child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) referrals over 11 months (January-November) in 2020, 2019 and 2018 and examine any impact the different ... Read more >>

BJPsych Open (BJPsych open)
[2021, 7(3):e91]

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Consultant psychiatrists's experience of the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on mental health services in Ireland.

Eric Kelleher, Eoin Geary, Mary Tawfik, Eimear Ní Mhuircheartaigh, Blánaid Gavin, Mary Wall, John Lyne, Anne M Doherty, Fiona McNicholas,

<h4>Objectives</h4>The novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has spread worldwide threatening human health. To reduce transmission, a 'lockdown' was introduced in Ireland between March-May 2020. The aim of this study is to capture the experiences of Consultant Psychiatrists during lockdown and their perception of it's impact on Mental Health Services.<h4>Methods</h4>A questionnaire designed ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2021, :1-28]

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A snapshot in time: a 1-month review of all referrals to paediatric liaison psychiatry services in Dublin following emergency department presentation.

Fiona McNicholas, Sorcha Parker, Elizabeth Barrett,

<h4>Introduction</h4>An emerging picture has seen increasing numbers of young people with mental health crisis attend paediatric emergency departments in Ireland. Following paediatric review, many are referred to in-house paediatric liaison psychiatry (PLP) services. This pilot study describes referral patterns and practice over a 1-month period across three Dublin centres.<h4>Methods</h4>Case notes ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2021, :1-9]

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Association of Wender Utah Rating Scale (WURS)-61 items with clinical psychiatric diagnosis in adulthood.

Cliodhna Hanley, Faisal Saleem, Ignazio Graffeo, Geraldine McCarthy, Blánaid Gavin, Fiona McNicholas, Dimitrios Adamis,

<h4>Background</h4>The Wender Utah Rating Scale (WURS) is a widely used retrospective scale in adults presenting for ADHD evaluations which features items relating to childhood symptoms.<h4>Aims</h4>The aim of this study is to establish if certain childhood symptoms (including ADHD) as identified by the WURS-61 are associated with specific mental health disorders ... Read more >>

Ir J Med Sci (Irish journal of medical science)
[2021, :]

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Levels of stress in medical students due to COVID-19.

Lorcan O'Byrne, Blánaid Gavin, Dimitrios Adamis, You Xin Lim, Fiona McNicholas,

For medical schools, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated 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 being a chief predictor, such changes are likely ... Read more >>

J Med Ethics (Journal of medical ethics)
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Systematic review of effectiveness and satisfaction evaluation in child and adolescent mental health services in Ireland.

D Leahy, F McNicholas,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Increasing numbers of youth experience mental illness, and also require and benefit from specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Worldwide, such services are underfunded and under-resourced, and services in Ireland are no different. It is vital that existing services are regularly reviewed for both efficacy and acceptability. Our ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2021, :1-12]

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

To examine the differences in hospital emergency psychiatric presentations for self-harm of children and adolescents during the covid-19 lockdown in March and April 2020 compared with the same period in 2019. Retrospective cohort study. We used electronic patient records from 23 hospital emergency departments in ten countries grouped into 14 ... Read more >>

Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (European child & adolescent psychiatry)
[2021, :]

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A mixed methods study of clinician reported challenges in the assessment of ADHD and treatment decisions for children with ADHD in Brazil.

Fabiola Honorio Neto, Ana Paula Camargo, Gilherme Polanczyk, Dimitrios Adamis, Fiona McNicholas,

<b>Objective:</b> This ADHD national survey has obtained original data on the assessment and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) reported by Brazilian paediatricians and child psychiatrists; and has compared their practice. <b>Method:</b> The study questionnaire was delivered to 165 neuro/community paediatricians and 272 child and adolescent psychiatrists. Quantitative and ... Read more >>

Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry (Clinical child psychology and psychiatry)
[2021, 26(2):505-517]

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Food for thought: the importance of nutritional well-being during COVID-19.

L Burke-Furey, F McNicholas,

Individuals with mental illness have poorer physical health, nutritional status, and lowered life expectancy. Optimising their physical and nutritional status has become an increasingly important therapeutic goal. Current experience with COVID-19 has further emphasised the susceptibility to physical illness and poorer outcomes amongst individuals with mental illness and those who ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2021, :1-6]

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The preterm infant-parent programme for attachment-PIPPA Study: a randomised controlled trial.

Aoife Twohig, John F Murphy, Anthony McCarthy, Ricardo Segurado, Angela Underdown, Anna Smyke, Fiona McNicholas, Eleanor J Molloy,

<h4>Background</h4>There is increasing recognition of adverse mental health consequences of preterm birth and the impact on social-emotional development. However, the quality of the developing parent-infant relationship may be protective, with enhanced maternal sensitivity to infants' cues associated with improved outcomes.<h4>Methods</h4>Eighty mothers and their preterm infants born <32 weeks gestation were ... Read more >>

Pediatr Res (Pediatric research)
[2021, :]

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Rolling out a mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention for parents of children with ADHD: a feasibility study.

R Rice, A Ni Bhearra, K Kilbride, C Lynch, F McNicholas,

<h4>Background</h4>Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the single most frequent reason for attendance at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Ireland. Research has suggested that parents of children with ADHD experience more parenting stress than parents of non-clinical controls, yet routine treatment for ADHD rarely addresses parental well-being. Mindfulness-based interventions ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2020, :1-8]

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Step zero: optimising nutrition for physical and mental health wellbeing during COVID-19.

Fiona McNicholas, Louise Furey-Burke,

Ir J Med Sci (Irish journal of medical science)
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An Exploration of Sleep and Family Factors in Young Children at Familial Risk for ADHD.

J Keating, J Bramham, F McNicholas, A Carr, N Hasshim, M Downes,

<b>Objective</b>: The aim of the current study was to examine relations between sleep problems and family factors and early markers of ADHD in young children with and without a familial risk for ADHD.<b>Methods</b>: Differences in sleep behavior and family functioning in children under 6 years with (n = 72) and without (n = 139) ... Read more >>

Behav Sleep Med (Behavioral sleep medicine)
[2020, :1-15]

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Childhood Onset Exercise Addiction or Atypical Anorexia Nervosa During Covid-19: Case Report

Fiona McNicholas,

<h4>Background: </h4> Childhood-onset Anorexia Nervosa is recognised to be atypical in presentation, both in terms of degree and type of eating pathology, exercise and compensatory behaviours, with many falling short of full diagnostic criteria. Failure to consider an eating disorder diagnosis in youth who present with extreme weight loss may ... Read more >>

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Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic: looking back and moving forward.

B Gavin, J Lyne, F McNicholas,

COVID-19 continues to exert unprecedented challenges for society and it is now well recognised that mental health is a key healthcare issue related to the pandemic. The current edition of the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine focusses on the impact of COVID-19 on mental illness by combining historical review papers, ... Read more >>

Ir J Psychol Med (Irish journal of psychological medicine)
[2020, 37(4):247-249]

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

John C Hayden, Louisa Kelly, Fiona McNicholas,

<h4>Aim</h4>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.<h4>Methods</h4>A what, ... Read more >>

Acta Paediatr (Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992))
[2020, 109(11):2237-2242]

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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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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,

<h4>Objective</h4>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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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)
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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, ,

<h4>Objective</h4>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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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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