Ian Cleary

Self-Sabotage or Self-Protection

I call the work I do self-directed NEUROPLASTICITY change. I train people. I guide them. I point out blind spots. I am their cheer squad and coach. But I am not able to do the work. That is up to them. Only they can do it. So in the course of discussing whether someone is […]

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The perception of threat

May 18, 2016IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, The Stress ResponseComments Off on The perception of threat

We give our brain far too much credit for being ‘smart’. Its real focus is PROTECTION. Good health requires the brain to have an accurate perception of what’s going on outside the skull (in the body and around the body). The accurate perception of threat is critical  and it is often way off. If you […]

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Getting better or just getting better at managing?

March 11, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Depression, anxiety and other conditions, Lightning Process, NeuroplasticityComments Off on Getting better or just getting better at managing?

The understanding of NEUROPLASTICITY has become a valuable tool in working with both physical and mental health. NEUROPLASTICITY is the process where the brain alters its structure and function as an adaptation to experience. The implications of this are huge. One implication is that the things that people do to ‘manage’ their problem are also […]

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The Fibromyalgia Test and what it means

November 17, 2015IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Chronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Depression, anxiety and other conditions, NeuroplasticityComments Off on The Fibromyalgia Test and what it means

The Fibro Diagnositic Test- Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick (because that would hurt EVERYONE). There is normally a large and exhaustive range of tests that people undergo on their journey to get a diagnosis. But the simple diagnostic test for Fibro is pretty straight forward. Prod someone in various […]

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Stress? Coping well vs just not doing it. You CHOOSE.

You may know the boiled frog experiment. Put a frog in a pot of warm water and it will detect the warmth and jump out. But the bizarre thing is if you put it in a pot of water at room temperature then heat it slowly, the frog can’t detect ANY change and will stay there […]

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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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