Anxiety Research

Cognitive-behaviour therapy and losartan for panic attacks

Panic attacks? Oxford University offers cognitive-behavioural therapy session Do you keep experiencing very strong physical symptoms like heart racing, breathlessness, dizziness or nausea? Are these symptoms related to strong fear of having a heart attack, fainting, suffocating, or going mad? Has your GP suggested that these symptoms might be of psychological origin?

You could have panic disorder. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective way of regaining control, independence and life quality. The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford tests the effects of a new brief combination treatment as part of a research project, to identify the underlying brain mechanisms of successful therapy. This study may involve a brain scan, but please note that you will be given the choice to opt out of this part of the study. If you are interested in participating, and for more information, please contact us directly, or have a look at our website. Time and travel expenses are reimbursed.

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The Relationship Between Locus of Control, Life Satisfaction, Emotional Intelligence and Social Support with Anxiety.

I am a Masters student at the University of Salford, Manchester studying MSc Applied psychology (therapies). I am currently writing my final year project and am looking to recruit participants for my study. I am investigating the relationship between Locus of Control, Emotional Intelligence, Social Support and Life Satisfaction with Anxiety. I am interested in understanding whether any of these factors share a link and to what degree one factor can predict the other.

Some key terms are:

  • Locus of control- This is usually defined as the way an individual thinks, there are two types of locus of control; one is external and the other is internal. An individual with an internal locus of control believes that he/she can influence the outcome of events whilst an individual with an external locus of control blames outside forces (Strickland, 2016).
  • Life Satisfaction – This is defined as one’s evaluation of life as a whole rather than feelings and emotions that are experienced in the moment (Feldman, 2008).
  • Emotional Intelligence- This can be defined as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express ones emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically” (Druksat, Mount & Dala, 2013).
  • Social Support- This refers to ‘the various types of support (i.e. assistance/help) that people receive from others (Schaffer, 2009).
  • Anxiety- This is the subjectively unpleasant feeling of future events and feelings of dread over anticipated scenarios (Baumeister, Vohs, Aaker & Garbinsky, 2013).

The study will consist of answering a set of questionnaires online- there will be a questionnaire for each variable mentioned above. If you would like to take part in the study, you will find my email address at the bottom of this brief. You can get in contact with me by emailing me mentioning you are interested in taking part in the study. I will then email you back an information sheet which provides some in depth information about the research I am conducting. As advised on the participant information sheet, please take a minimum of 24 hours to decide whether you would like to take part. If you would like to continue you can email me saying you have read the information sheet and I will then send you an online link, this will direct you to the questionnaires. It should take no longer than 20 minutes approximately to complete the questionnaires. All questionnaires will be anonymous and a number will be allocated to you in case you want to withdraw your questionnaire in the future.

There are no specific requirements for my study, everyone is welcome to take part except that you are aged 18 or over. If you would like to take part in the study and would like further information or have any queries regarding the research, please do not hesitate to contact me on the email address below:

Aisha Azmi


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