Anxiety Research

What are the experiences of people living with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

What the study aims to do:
This research aims to speak to people suffering from anxiety and gather personal data. This will help to build an understanding of the world of anxiety and acknowledge what it is truly like to live with. I am interested in understanding what it is like to live with generalised anxiety disorder, or a non-specific anxiety disorder, from the perspective of those who suffer from it.

What will you have to do?
If you decide that you would like to take part in this study you would be required to meet with the researcher once, and take part in a one – to –one interview that would last approximately 1 hour. The interview will take place in a private room either on Salford University campus, at the Zion centre, Manchester or in a community centre in Bolton; whichever is the most convenient for you. I will ask you questions about your experiences of living with anxiety, what treatment you have received and your experience of interacting with health professionals, such as your GP. The interview would be recorded but your identity will remain confidential at all times.

No harm is expected by taking part in this research, but you will be expected to talk about your experiences of having this anxiety disorder and your experience with mental health professionals. However, I understand that it may be necessary to reduce anxiety about the interview and therefore, you can take breaks whenever you want them. If you prefer we can do the interview over the phone or via Skype (this will still be recorded by the interviewer).

After the interviews I will stay and answer any questions you may have regarding the research, and provide information on anxiety help groups. In order to compensate you for taking part in the study, I will buy you a drink (non-alcoholic) during the interview.

To take part in this study you must be aged over 18 years old and have been diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder or a non-specific anxiety disorder.

If you would like to take part in this study or require further information please contact me on the below e-mail address.

Samantha Longworth

The Effectiveness of Visceral Osteopathic Treatment on Individuals with Generalised Anxiety Disorder


We are looking for volunteers to help us determine if Visceral Osteopathic Treatment (manual therapy similar to massage that will be primarily applied to the abdomen area) may be effective in treating Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

Our study is looking to compare individuals receiving Visceral Osteopathic Treatment to individuals receiving Progressive Relaxation Treatment and No Treatment (those receiving no treatment will be on a waiting list to receive treatment at the end of the study).

We are seeking to recruit male and female individuals between the ages of 30 and 50 years old who have been formally diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and who are currently not taking prescribed medication. Certain eligibility criteria applies.

The study requires participants to attend the British College of Osteopathic Medicine once a week for 5 consecutive weeks for 30 minutes (the first session will require 60 minutes).
If you might be interested in helping us with this important research then we would be very keen to hear from you.

This research has received approval from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine Ethics Committee.

For further information about this research please email Fiona Lovett at FLovett@bcomstudents.ac.uk

British College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lief House, 120-122 Finchley Road, London, NW3 5HR.

Can the contemplation of places change the way we think and feel?

My name is Nasim Choudhri.  I work at the University of Liverpool and am currently a clinical psychologist in training.  As part of my training, I am undertaking a research project entitled “Can the contemplation of places change the way we think and feel?”  The study is online and takes about 20-25 minutes to complete and those completing the study are able to enter themselves into a prize draw to win one of three £50 high street vouchers.  If you would like to participate in the study then please visit https://livpsych.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0NXDbp3cJPZnAbz

Many thanks.


Lived Experience of Social Anxiety Disorder

My name is Louise Boyle and I am a research student at the University of Glasgow. My research is looking at the everyday experiences of living with Social Anxiety Disorder. I am particularly interested in:

  • How different situations, places and spaces impact on, and are impacted by, social anxiety
  • Particular coping techniques and ways of anxiety management that you use
  • Your use of the Internet and digital technologies and how this impacts your life offline

What is involved?
The study will involve approximately 30 minutes of your time to complete an anonymous online questionnaire (link below). There is the option to take part in further research in a follow-up interview. You will be asked about this at the end of the questionnaire. All your information will be held confidentially and you will not be identifiable. You will be assigned a different name if your responses are used in research outputs. You can change your mind and withdraw your consent at any time. Please read the information sheet attached to the questionnaire thoroughly.

If you have social anxiety which has had an impact on your day-to-day life, and would like to share your past and on-going experiences with this research project please take part in the following questionnaire:

Do not feel limited by the questions asked, if you have aspects of your experience which are important to you, please feel free to share them with me.

Deadline: October 2017.

If you require any further information or wish to get in touch about other ways to participate, please contact me.

Thank you,
Louise Boyle
e-mail: L.boyle.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Living with depression and/or anxiety?

Do you live with or have you recently suffered from depression and/or anxiety? If yes, then I would love to hear from you.

I am a journalist who has lived with depression and anxiety for several years and am writing a book on the subject. I am conducting research for the book and am looking to interview people who suffer from these conditions. I am planning to include these interviews as case studies.

The book will focus on the everyday experiences of depression and anxiety rather than a medical approach.

If you:

– Are suffering/ have recently suffered from depression and/or generalised anxiety disorder/ social anxiety disorder

– Are based in the UK

– Are willing to speak honestly and openly about your experiences, both the good and the bad

Please get in touch via the contact details below.


All interviews will be treated as confidential.

Contact details:

Rajeshree Sisodia
Email: RajeshreeS@gmail.com
Twitter: @Rajeshree3

The use of digital technologies in situations of uncertainty, discomfort and stress.

I am an anthropologist looking at digital technology use in situations of discomfort and stress.

I would like to speak to over 18’s about how they use their mobile devices when faced with low levels of anxiety.

Research methods:
Interviews: 30 minutes – 1 hour. In person, via email, Skype or phone call. Audio recorded.


  • Any author/ academic on your site who researches technology use and anxiety.
  • Any individuals who use mobile technologies or laptops to deal with low levels of anxiety, stress or discomfort in particular situations. (amongst strangers, unfamiliar settings, moments before an exam or job interview)

Example questions:

  • What devices do you use?
  • How do you use them in uncomfortable situations? (Instant messaging, internet browsing, games)
  • What types of situations do you use them in?
  • Why do you use this technology and how does it make you feel?
  • Are there any situations you would feel it is inappropriate to use a device?

Ethical considerations:
This research is concerned with mild to low-level anxiety or stress that people deal with on a day- to-day basis. Unfortunately due to the level of ethical clearance granted by my university, I will be unable to speak to anyone suffering from any types of anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress or any other mental illness.

If you would like to contribute to this research please email me at ucsajct@live.ucl.ac.uk or spend a few minutes completing this short questionnaire: Click here

Deadline: Mid September 2016

Contact details:

James Hayle
Master of Science in Digital Anthropology, University College London. Mobile:
+447817 467706
Email: jameshayle@gmail.com

Fear of Nature – Experiences Needed

Are you afraid of trees or the forest? Lakes, ponds or oceans? Soil? Do the apparently unthreatening things in nature make you flinch? If so, you are the person I’m looking for.

I’m a Finnish, currently Scotland, St Andrews based artist and I’m making an art piece titled Biophobia for the UNFIX Festival of Performance and Ecology (CCA, Glasgow, 2015). The text material for the piece is based on fears and phobias of seemingly unthreatening natural phenomena: natural bodies of water, forest or trees, and soil. I’m interested in finding out what it feels like to be afraid of those parts of nature, what is the frightening thing in them, what triggers the fear etc. I find that there is sensitivity in the phobic reaction, even though it makes it difficult for the person him/her self to connect with nature. The verbalized fears could help us to see the life in another living thing.

It would benefit the piece and it’s purpose a great deal if I’d have the words and stories of people living in Britain in it. That could bring it closer to the spectators/listeners in Glasgow.

I’m asking now if you would be willing to talk to me / write to me about your fears. Any little detail or short anecdote is helpful, regardless of whether you have merely a dislike or a severe phobia. It can be just one line, a long story, or anything in between. I use all the materials anonymously, I won’t use your voice, picture or name, and it could all be done through email, if you prefer.

You can find the UNFIX Festival website and my own artist’s page here:



On UNFIX Festival page you’ll find info about Biophobia under my name.

I’m happy to give you more information about the project if needed. I would be very grateful if you could share your fears, feelings and experiences.

Nora Rinne, artist
Email: nora@norarinne.com
Phone: 07454162757

Research into Therapy

We are looking to examine what occurs in therapy and your personal experiences with therapy. We’re asking you to speak about your most recent complete treatment experience, not on-going treatment. Completed treatment experiences also include treatment that ended early. To ensure that we are able to get the most accurate view possible, please answer the questions as honestly and accurately as possible.

Young people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

A research team based at the University of Cambridge are looking for individuals with OCD between the ages of 12 and 19 to participate in a study about how young people with OCD learn, make decisions and control their actions.

You can participate if you:

  • are 12 to 19 years old
  • have a primary diagnosis of OCD and no additional psychiatric disorders (e.g. depression, ADHD, autism)
  • are a native or fluent English-speaker
  • have normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • have no current or previous alcohol or drug dependence

You would be asked to do:

  • a few tasks on a touch-screen computer
  • a few questionnaires
  • a short interview with a psychiatrist

The study takes about 4 hours. You can either travel to Cambridge or we can travel to your town.

For your time, we will pay you  £40 and we will reimburse you for travel expenses.

Expiry Date: 31st December 2016
Contact Person: Julia Gottwald
Phone: +44 (0) 7503 626448
Email: jg687@cam.ac.uk

Brain wave activity in OCD

The Open University is currently investigating brain activity in people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Could differences in the ‘brain waves’ explain why some sufferers respond well to medication and/or psychotherapy whilst others may not? The more we know about potential neurophysiological (i.e. brain) differences between sufferers, the more we may be able to progress towards personalized forms of treatment.

We are recruiting people with OCD between 18 and 70 years of age without learning disabilities to participate in the study. If you decide to participate, we will need four hours of your time (either morning or afternoon) or two sessions of about two hours each that can be scheduled according to your convenience. During this time, your brain activity will be recorded using a non invasive technique known as Quantitative Electroencephalography. You will also be interviewed and asked to fill two questionnaires.

The study has been approved by the Open University’s Human Ethics Committee.

By participating in this study, you will be contributing to scientific advancements in OCD research. The study does not involve any therapy but you may gain interesting insights about OCD and the brain.

Contact Person: Loes Koorenhof

Aspects of parenting and anxiety

There is now a lot of evidence that people who suffer from an anxiety disorder are more likely than average to have a relative who suffers from a similar problem. Whilst this may be partly due to shared genes, it is also likely that experiences and attitudes gained when growing up also play a role. However, little is known about how or which experiences might be related to anxiety, and importantly what experiences may protect against developing anxiety in later life.

If we understood more about these processes, it may help us prevent the development of anxiety in future generations. We are looking to recruit fathers with anxiety disorders with children aged 7-12 who live with their children. Participation will involve an interview conducted over the phone and questionnaires for fathers, their children and their partner.

Time and travel expenses will be reimbursed. This research is being done at the Institute of Psychiatry, London by Rebecca Chilvers, Fiona Challacombe and Paul Salkovskis.

Contact Person: Dr Rebecca Chilvers
07842 047339

Studying the biological basis of emotions in adolescents

Can we understand why some young people suffer from problems such as anxiety? Researchers at Oxford University are trying to find out

We are studying how the brain changes in response to emotional events. We are looking for young people (aged between 12 and 17) who have difficulties with anxiety. Please visit http://users.ox.ac.uk/~mert1768/ for more information and our contact details

Contact: Anneke Haddad
Telephone: 01865 271381
Email: anneke.haddad@psy.ox.ac.uk
Website: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~mert1768/

Survey of people with OCD and BDD struggling with referrals into specialist treatment centres

We are conducting a study looking at the difficulties people with OCD or BDD have experienced in accessing specialist help for their problems. If you have experienced difficulty obtaining referral to a national or regional specialist service when cognitive behaviour therapy or medication hasn’t worked locally we would like to ask you to complete either an online survey or a questionnaire through the post about the difficulties you have had, or are having. We are interested in hearing from people with OCD or BDD of all age ranges, including children and young people. If you have not had any difficulties accessing treatment or are happy with the treatment you are receiving and feel it is working for you, this study is not for you. Also, please only complete the survey if you live in the UK and are eligible for NHS treatment.

You are under no obligation to take part in the study and if you decide not to, it will not influence any treatment you are receiving presently or in the future. It is important to be aware that taking part in the study will not guarantee you receive treatment at a specialist centre. In order to be able to follow up on the difficulties people have accessing specialist treatment, we will need your name and contact details. This personal information will be safely stored and will not be accessed by anyone other than the researchers.

If you wish to take part, please go to the link below, which will lead you to a questionnaire concerning your OCD or BDD and the problems you have experienced. If you do not have internet access and would like to take part, please contact us (see below) and we can send or email you a paper copy of the questionnaire.

If you have any questions about the study, or would like to complete a paper copy of the questionnaire by post or email, please contact Dr Anna Stout on 0203 228 2101, or at Anna.Stout@iop.kcl.ac.uk

Contact: Dr Anna Stout
0203 228 2101
Email: Anna.Stout@iop.kcl.ac.uk

How can caring for someone with a mental illness impact the immediate family

Aim of the study
This study aims to interview family members who are currently or who have cared for someone with a mental illness. It aims to explore the impact mental illness can have on others, how it has changed the carers home life and relationships, along with how they feel mental illness are perceived by others.

What would it involve?
The study will involve a semi structured interview either by phone or face to face depending on what you prefer. The interview could take between 30 minutes to an hour. It is also completely confidential, the transcripts will be destroyed once the research has commenced along with any names changed to protect anonymity. The interview can be stopped at anytime and any questions can be avoided if you are uncomfortable answering.

Contact Person: Joanne Fitzpatrick
Email: joanne_fitz90@hotmail.co.uk
Phone: 07769201498


Do you sometimes get anxious in social situations?

Do you feel very shy and reluctant to take part in social situations?

Are you over the age of 18?

Do you live in the UK?

Would you like to take part in a research study to help us understand how we can help people with mild social anxiety symptoms?

We are a team of researchers from the University of Oxford and the Australian National University and are currently undertaking a research project to find out whether an online self-help tool may help people who get anxious in social situations. We are currently looking for people in the UK to take part in this project.

Click here for more information.