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Dr. Terry Lynch speaking at the The Health Zone, Limerick, September 2016.

The Health Zone is a positive health initiative originating from University College, Cork, Ireland. In September 2016, The Health Zone held its first meeting in Limerick, at which I was an invited speaker.

“Towards emotional and psychological maturity” was the theme of the evening. I build my talk around that theme, and around a related and important issue, the need for a new era in mental health.

Ten facts about depression. Some may surprise you.

Depression is, we are told, one of the commonest medical illnesses globally.

As a medical doctor with over thirty years experience, I am aware that much myth, mystery and misinformation surrounds what we have come to call “depression”.

In the pdf that accompanies this blog, I set out ten facts about depression. Many – perhaps most – of these facts are not commonly understood as facts in relation to depression. This is primarily due to the fact that misinformation has regrettably been regularly churned out regarding depression for over 40 years, a pattern that needs to stop.

By becoming aware of the real facts in relation to depression, you will (a) empower yourself regarding your own understanding, and (b) help towards changing the weight of information regarding depression towards truth, simply be becoming aware of these truth and, if and when feels appropriate, discussing these truths and facts with others.

To access these ten facts about depression, simply sign up to my mental health newsletter (you can unsubscribe any time you wish) through the form below, and you will have immediate access to the “ten facts” pdf.

It’s official: Psychiatric diagnoses are NOT known brain disorders

According to the prevailing global view of mental health, psychiatric diagnoses – depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, personality disorders etc – are fundamentally brain disorders.

In  a ten-minute video, I address this belief. The truth may surprise you.

Access the video by signing up to my newsletter updates (you can unsubscribe at any time)through the form below.


Confused public perception of medical mental health doctors, including psychiatrists

The public have a skewed perception of the medical doctors who are generally seen as expert in mental health – psychiatrists and GPs, or family physicians. While there are some exceptions, in general, the perception that most people have of medical doctors as THE foremost experts in mental health is, regrettably, incorrect.

This is one of the many mental health topics I discuss in my blog, books and courses. If you would like to receive my posts, subscribe to my newsletter through the form at the end of this blog (you can unsubscribe at any time), and immediately receive a short video in which I discuss this surprising reality.

Best wishes,


Just launched! – my online course, “Depression, its true nature: A comprehensive course for mental health practitioners”.

I am delighted to announce the launch of my first major online mental health course, “Depression, its true nature: A comprehensive course for mental health practitioners”.

Here is a link to full information about the course, including a 9-minute information video –     http://goo.gl/Jj05XZ 

This course is directed primarily towards mental health practitioners of all disciplines, including psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, social care workers, peer support workers, and those involved in the education of mental health practitioners in all disciplines.

As I see it, mental health practitioners of all disciplines have a key role to play in the necessary changes, but they need to be properly informed and empowered. This is a fundamental intention of mine, in creating this course, and future courses regarding other psychiatric diagnoses such as bipolar, schizophrenia, etc.

There are 3 sections in this course  – 1. The prevailing view; 2. A critique of the prevailing view; and 3. Depression, its true nature.

This course can, I believe, contribute in no small way to restoring truth and accurate understanding, and with these, to the enhancement of hope and recovery.

Please share, thank you!

Best wishes,


Dr. Terry Lynch,

Physician, psychotherapist, mental health author.


Depression, its true nature: A comprehensive course for mental health practitioners: http://goo.gl/Jj05XZ  (click link for information and summary video of course).