Anxiety Research

Lithium and Quetiapine in Depression

Anxiety and Depression are, more often than not, found to go hand in hand. Most of the time, alleviating symptoms for one, helps in managing the other.

We are carrying out a study on people who have found that their antidepressants aren’t really helping their depressive symptoms.

If the study is found to be right for you by our clinicians and researchers, you would be prescribed either Lithium or Quetiapine, two of the most widely used and prescribed treatments for people who have not responded to antidepressants.

The study is taking place across sites with hubs in London, Oxfordshire and Newcastle.

To be suitable for the study, you must:

  • Be currently depressed
  • Be over 18
  • Have not fully responded to two or more antidepressants in the current episode
  • Not have bipolar disorder or current psychosis
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding


The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience is running the study with sponsorship provided by King’s College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and funding provided by the National Institute for Health Research.


If you’re interested in taking part, or just want more information, please contact the study team on: or call us on 07902774464.  All information remains confidential.


You can also visit our website:

Or follow us on Twitter: @lqd_study


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.

Contact Andrea Reinecke or visit for more details.


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.


Ends 29/01/2028

How young women with anxiety understand and manage their anxiety in their everyday lives

Research aim
This research aims to work with young women with experiences of anxiety to explore their understandings and positive ways of managing anxiety in their everyday lives.Research criteria
To participate in this research, you need to:
• Be a woman aged 18-30 living in London or the East of England
• Have experienced anxiety that has had a negative and debilitating impact on your everyday life, within the last three years
• Have found positive ways to manage your anxiety in everyday life.Research information
Over four weeks, you will have the opportunity to write a reflective diary on your experiences of managing anxiety in everyday life, and any enablers or barriers for this. You may also use creative methods such as poetry, photography or drawing to help you reflect.
Your reflections will be discussed in an individual interview. You will also have the optional opportunity to meet with other participants to discuss findings and get the key messages out.Contact details
This research is being carried out by Anna Dadswell as part of a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University, supervised by Professor Carol Munn-Giddings and Dr Melanie Boyce. Please contact Anna by emailing or calling 01245 683531 if you are interested in taking part in this research or would like more information.

Ends 31/12/2020

Mothers’ and fathers’ perceptions of children’s risky play: An online survey study

The CAPE (Childhood, Attachment, Play and Emotions) Lab at University of Sussex is currently conducting research investigating mothers’ and fathers’ perceptions of their children’s risky play and the potential relationship between parental anxiety, child anxiety and children’s risky play experiences.

At this stage in our research we are looking for UK resident parents (aged 18 and above) with a typically developing child aged between 2-4 years old to take part in a short online survey.

The survey includes 3 new scales we have developed that aim to measure:

  • How frequently your child engages in different risky play activities;
  • Your beliefs about children’s risky play in general, and your child’s risky play specifically; and
  • How you might manage risk for your child, and how you might supervise their risky play.

You will also be asked to complete some well-established scales that ask questions about your general parenting behaviours, and also about your own and your child’s experience of anxiety and low mood.

The survey should take 30-45 minutes to complete and you can choose to provide your e-mail on a separate secure form to receive a £5 Amazon voucher for your participation.

You can access more information about the study and complete the survey here:

This research is being conducted by Toni Brown as part of a PhD at University of Sussex, supervised by Dr Kathryn Lester and Prof Robin Banerjee. If you have any questions about taking part, you can contact Toni by e-mailing

Ends 28/02/2020

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