Ian Cleary

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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Stress is contagious

My last post looked at environmental triggers. An article I read this week about stress being ‘contagious’ highlights this concept nicely. If someone is stressed, those around them can become stressed by watching them. The brain is constantly checking ‘Am I OK?’. If your peers are giving off the signs of not being OK, then for […]

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CFS & Inflammation

May 20, 2014IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, In the News & Research, The Stress ResponseComments Off on CFS & Inflammation

A recent study out of Japan has found some interesting findings around inflammation and CFS patients. Brain scans picked up inflammation in several  areas of the brain in some CFS patients. This points to a possible ‘bio-marker’ test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The search for a bio-marker would be an important breakthrough for diagnosis however […]

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ME/CFS Awareness Day

May 11, 2014IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, In the News & Research, Lightning ProcessComments Off on ME/CFS Awareness Day

This week is ME/CFS Awareness Week and you are likely to see stories reach the press about the condition.  (If there is an International Star Wars Day on May 4th  – “May the 4th be with you” –  then ME/CFS deserves its own week.) But I have a problem with the campaign. Last year I […]

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Words as Medicine

Sticks and Stones may break my bones but words CAN also hurt me People are constantly focused on getting better at getting people better. New techniques get reviewed, different medication tested, and technology trialled to improve patient outcomes. Drugs are amazing. Machines that go ‘bing’ are very impressive but there are some areas that often […]

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BBC Programme on Placebo

March 3, 2014IanIn the News & Research, Inspirational & General InterestComments Off on BBC Programme on Placebo

Great BBC Horizon programme on the power of our brain’s ability to influence us. Placebo –

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Pain and Emotions

February 20, 2014IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, In the News & ResearchComments Off on Pain and Emotions

As we discover more about the brain’s fundamental role in Chronic Pain, we are seeing the importance of taking a broad perspective when making changes. Just because medication does’t work for example, doesn’t mean it is hopeless. Medication can only do so much, and sometimes the work required is beyond the ability of drugs to […]

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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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Why things hurt

July 25, 2013IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, In the News & ResearchComments Off on Why things hurt

NATIONAL PAIN WEEK As entertaining as always, Professor Moseley explains ‘Why things Hurt’ highlighting the role that beliefs, expectation, past experience, even language plays in the production of pain. Enjoy.

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