Mary Ellen Guiney is 30 years of age. She has a biochemistry degree from the National University of Galway, Ireland where she also rowed at home and internationally and won the All Ireland Championships in a crew boat.
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    OCD is very common today and stems from anxiety. Alot of individuals with OCD do not use drugs to treat the illness. It is essentially paranoia in every day life. Common obsessions include excessive doubt, fear of behaving in a socially unacceptable manner, need for order, symmetry or exactness. Common compulsions include repeatedly showering, repeatedly checking things such as light switches, refusing to shake hands and needing to perform tasks a specific number of times. This illness is more serious than people think and it generates huge stress within the body and destroys your inner peace which hugely contributes to the ageing process. The best method to treat this is with cognitive behavioural therapy and listening to others with a similar illness. .

    Mary Ellen uses exercise, good diet, mindfulness (through yoga and pilates), balanced work lifestyle and cooking as remedies to remain positive. This has been her tactic all along in life, however drug induced therapy caused a blip of depression on and off for two years at the same time while her mother was diagnosed with cancer.

    Mary Ellen likes to train alone and on her own schedule and practices mindfulness alone as she feels she avoids stresses of others by spending time alone. She enjoys other company with friends and family when they have a positive attitude as well, however she is only learning at 30 that she needs to avoid negative people more as this causes an imbalance in her inner shakra and energy can get quite skewed.


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