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Anxiety research

External Research projects

Below is a list of research projects currently underway which are recruiting participants. If you are interested in getting involved with any of these projects, please contact the researchers direct. Please note, Anxiety UK cannot take responsibility for any treatment or experience that participiets may undergo should they choose to participate in any research project listed on this site.

Genetic Links to Anxiety & Depression

Exciting new opportunity to engage in anxiety/depression research

Depression and anxiety are common but complex disorders whose research needs very large sample sizes. The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study launches this September and aims to recruit >40,000 individuals. Anyone age 16 years or older who has experienced anxiety or depression during their lives can join this recontactable database to facilitate future research. Participants will also join a national Mental Health BioResource and contribute to the largest ever single study of anxiety and depression.

How can I take part?

All enrollment takes place online at our website, An online animation explains the consent process with more detailed information in text format. Once you have provided consent and completed an online questionnaire you will be sent a saliva DNA sample kit to enable genetic studies.

We really hope you will join us in this important endeavour.

Contact: [email protected]

Ends 29/01/2028

Understanding the impact of adverse life experiences on mental health difficulties, OCD, PTSD and anxiety.

We are conducting this research to understand more about different life experiences and the role in mental health difficulties. So far, there is very little scientific evidence on how different life experiences are connected to a range of mental health symptoms. Without this evidence, it is extremely difficult to develop effective support and help provided by services, clinicians, commissioners and charities. Our research hopes to build evidence to help those struggling with mental health difficulties. 


We are looking to recruit individuals who identify as having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Our study has received ethical approval from the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) (Approval Number: R89339/RE001). The study comprises a short phone call to see if this study is right for you and an online survey. The following link has further detail relating to our study:


Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in participating or would like some further information.


Ends April 2025

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