What is Anxiety? Conference on Friday 9th December 2016

Any health practitioner who encounters the challenge of treating anxiety will benefit from this event.

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9th December 2016 8:45 am – 5:15 pm

Tea / Coffee provided mid morning and mid-afternoon; sandwiches provided at lunchtime.

LOCATION Education and Research Centre, St Vincent’s University Hospital


Everyday psychiatrists, general practitioners, psychotherapists, psychologists, nurses and other  health practitioners face the challenge of responding to phenomena which fall under the term anxiety.  For over 100 years the psychoanalytic field has produced clinical literature that articulates these phenomena.  This one day conference provides an opportunity to hear psychoanalytic perspectives on this most relevant question: what is anxiety? The clinical findings from the psychoanalytic field can inform the response  to the handling of the phenomena of anxiety.

Psychoanalysis has found that anxiety is related to our wishes, desires and our relation to enjoyment.  In other words it constitutes activity fundamental to subjectivity.  Anxiety, therefore, is complex and its sufferer can be recommended a psychoanalytic listening alongside any other intervention.

Contributors include:

  • Dr. Aisling Campbell (psychiatrist) Cork
  • Dr. Christian Fierens (psychiatrist, doctor of psychology, psychoanalyst, author) Brussels
  • Prof. Brendan Kelly (psychiatrist, author) Dublin
  • Guy LeGaufey (psychoanalyst, author) Paris
  • Dr. Anthony McCarthy (psychiatrist, clinical director) Dublin
  • Dr. Patricia McCarthy (psychoanalyst, psychiatrist) Dublin
  • Malachi McCoy (psychoanalyst),Dublin
  • Dr. Charles Melman (psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, co-founder of Association Lacanienne Internationale [ALI]) Paris
  • Dr. Barry O Donnell (psychoanalyst, Director of the School of Psychotherapy) Dublin
  • Dr. Helen Sheehan (psychoanalyst) Dublin


Education and Research Centre, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Merrion Road, Dublin 4

“…the whole literature of psychoanalysis, and in particular the work of Freud from beginning to end, could be said to be organised around the use of the talking cure to understand and treat anxiety, making of this most un-pleasurable experience a way for the sufferer to gain access to the truth of his or her subjectivity.”

Cormac Gallagher, ‘High Anxiety’, The Letter, Issue 6, Spring 1996, (www.theletter.ie; www.lacaninireland.com)

“Anxiety, we have always been taught, is a fear without an object. .. I formulate in the following way: ‘It is not without an object.’ Which is not to say that this object is accessible along the same path as all the others.”

Jacques Lacan, Seminar X, Anxiety, 30 January 1963, translated by Cormac Gallagher (www.lacaninireland.com)