Ian Cleary

Depression – Beyond the myth of a Chemical Imbalance

September 8, 2015IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Depression – Beyond the myth of a Chemical Imbalance

Beyond the myth of “Chemical Imbalance”   Many of the people I see with chronic illness will also suffer from depression. Some come to me with depression as their primary issue while others develop depression as a consequence of having another illness like chronic pain, anxiety or debilitating fatigue. A critical step in making change […]

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Look at that Hamster go (nowhere)

June 12, 2015IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, Lightning Process, The Stress ResponseComments Off on Look at that Hamster go (nowhere)

Seeing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a dysfunctional Autonomic Nervous System allows people to look at the role stress hormones may play in onset and maintenance of the condition. This opens up many potential factors which therefore requires the Lightning Process to be a broad and personalised approach. People who take on the training need to be […]

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Neuroplasticity and Anxiety

Neuroplasticity has been talked about as the greatest medical breakthrough in the last few hundred years.  The idea that our brain can change its structure and function through mental experience was considered heresy only a few decades ago. Now we know that the brain is CONSTANTLY changing and adapting to experience. So not only were […]

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Management versus retraining

February 27, 2015IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, In the News & Research, Lightning ProcessComments Off on Management versus retraining

An interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald the other day ‘Please Stop Making that Noise’, looked at a doctor’s experience of suffering from misophonia (or selective sound sensitivity syndrome). This is a condition where certain sounds from other people like chewing, breathing, coughing swallowing in other people fires an emotional response of anger, disgust […]

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Acceptance and Hopelessness

There’s some really interesting discussions taking place around the impact that a diagnosis can play in the path of physical conditions. That’s a fascinating concept. How can ‘naming it’ change anything for a physical condition? Clearly a diagnosis can be valuable in knowing what the appropriate course of action is. However, with many of the conditions I […]

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Should I stay or should I go? Where to do your training.

June 28, 2014IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Depression, anxiety and other conditions, Lightning Process, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Should I stay or should I go? Where to do your training.

People often face a dilemma – to travel to a training to get it done sooner or wait for me to run one close by? I am often asked my advice on this issue so I thought I would answer this question in a blog post. For my wife to recover from ME/CFS she had […]

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Anxiety and the Lightning Process

February 19, 2014IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, In the News & Research, Inspirational & General InterestComments Off on Anxiety and the Lightning Process

Time to bust a myth around anxiety. MYTH – Anxiety is all in the mind If you approach anxiety like it is ‘All in the Mind’ and just about anxious thoughts you miss the fact that it is just as much about a habitual physical response. Anxiety is not just about thoughts. Trying to beat […]

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A few thoughts about sleep and fatigue

January 31, 2014IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, In the News & Research, UncategorizedComments Off on A few thoughts about sleep and fatigue

Sleep is such a normal part of every person’s life. It’s one of those things (like health/digestion/ energy) that you don’t think about it much until it’s not working. Then you really think about it. But when it comes to sleep, HOW you think about it matters. It really matters. Why? Because the brain is […]

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A thought about allergies

  In a lab in Japan, 13 people who are extremely allergic to Poison Ivy, undergo an experiment. They see two leaves in front of them. The familiar, dreaded Poison Ivy leaf and a harmless leaf. One arm will be rubbed with Poison Ivy, the other arm rubbed with the harmless leaf. After being blindfolded […]

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What organ do we use to hear?

A simple enough question right? Well our body is not that simple. We collect information through sound waves through our ears, but what we actually ‘hear’ is determined by our brain – and our brain takes in far more than just sound. It also takes in other sensory information including vision, smell, taste and importantly […]

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