Professor Abbie Lane - Consulatant Psychiatrist - Dublin - Blog


Coping In A Crisis

Do you feel flat and depleted at the moment? Do you wonder why you struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Do you wonder why it’s so hard to commit to exercise or take up a new hobby, to even go for a walk? Do you wonder why you can’t get excited about..


Gulliver’s Travels

Many people ask me why I called my clinic, the Gulliver Clinic. Jonathan Swift was a great supporter of mental health and was behind the development of St. Patrick’s Hospital Psychiatric in Dublin. He wrote the novel Gulliver’s Travels where the giant Gulliver is immobilised by many tiny people, the Lilliputians. To me this symbolises..


The Need for Stress

The World Health Organisation refers to stress as the ‘Health Epidemic of the 21st Century’ and predicts that by 2020 five of the top diseases world-wide will be stress related. This translates to us all having a one-in-four chance of developing a stress related illness in our lifetime. But whether we love it or hate..


All I Need Is The Air That I Breathe – Learn to breathe again

Alleviating stress can be a complicated process but one of the most straightforward approaches is down to you – you just teach yourself to breathe properly. As we get stressed and tense we tend to curl in on ourselves, our shoulders slump forward and we tend to take short, quick breaths that do not expand..


Understanding Stress

I call stress the ‘double-edged sword’ because while we need stress and pressure for optimum performance we can very easily tip over into stress that affects our performance and makes us ill. Some people now refer to this as ‘toxic stress’, as in ‘good’ stress versus ‘toxic’ or damaging stress. The reality is that all..


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