10 Tips for Managing Your Anxiety

These tips can help you keep an informed perspective on what anxiety is and provide some very basic dos and don’ts when it comes to managing your anxiety.

The Rise of Cyber-Victimization

Being bullied is a significant risk factor for subsequent social anxiety but bullying is changing. It’s moving from the schoolyard to the Internet.

What Is There to Worry About?

At least half of our daily worries would’ve meant nothing in our parents’ era and are the product of new technologies and modern lifestyles.

Helicopter, Snowplow, and Bubble-Wrap Parenting

Is there a relationship between parents micromanaging their kids and childhood anxiety?

Is Anxiety a Savior or a Killer?

Anxiety is often a distressing emotion, and one that feels debilitating rather than enabling. So what advantages does anxiety bring, if any?

Social Media, Loneliness, and Anxiety in Young People

Even with a good-sized social network, users face added stressors and feelings of disconnectedness.

Imagined Ugliness

Around one in 10 individuals seeking cosmetic surgery may be diagnosable with body dysmorphic disorder

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety-based problems are very common, and around 30-40% of individuals in Western societies will develop a problem that is anxiety related

4 Ways Your Worries Can Get Out of Control

What factors combine to turn an emerging worry into a distressing activity that you can’t seem to disengage from?

Escape from the Man-Eating Snails: Phobias and Evolution

Has evolution shaped our modern-day phobias, or is this just too simple a solution?

Is Anxiety a Delusion?

If the world has shaped anxiety as a useful adaptive tool, where do anxiety disorders come from?

Mood Disorders and Creativity

There is an enduring belief that creativity in the arts is associated with psychological disturbance and even “madness”

Depression, Posture and the Role of Exercise

Can we alleviate depression through exercise and changes in posture and deportment?
Does 'Popping a Pill' turn Normal into 'Abnormal'?

Does 'Popping a Pill' turn Normal into 'Abnormal'?

We must be wary about ‘medicalizing’ problems in daily living so that they become viewed as ‘abnormal’

'Spirit Possession' and Mental Health

Demonic or ‘spirit possession’ is still a common explanation for mental health problems in many areas of the world.

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia

There is a need to invest in psychosis prevention programs – concentrating on treating existing problems is like “mopping the floor while the tap is still running”
The Psychology of Ebola Fear

The Psychology of Ebola Fear

What do we know about the psychological factors that are likely to determine how fearful or worried you become about the current Ebola outbreak?

Are Some Psychotherapies Better Than Others?

Are some psychotherapies more effective than others? – Or are we being swamped by an ever-growing list of bland interventions that claim to be the latest advances in psychotherapy, but are simply no better or no worse than what has gone before?

Why Are We Afraid of Spiders?

The involvement of disgust and cultural history in spider phobia suggests that such fear may have a complex origin

Arachnophobia – The "Disgusting" Spider

As many as 1 in 3 people suffer a phobia of spiders, so where does this fear come from? An analysis of an unexpected emotion may provide an answer.

What Are You So Afraid Of?

Ask almost anyone you meet and they’ll claim they have a phobia of some kind – However, it is far from clear where phobias come from.

Overprescribing Drugs to Treat Mental Health Problems

We should be wary of the increasing trend of treating psychological problems with medications, and in many cases medications without accompanying psychological help and support.

10 Delusional Beliefs held by Chronic Worriers

Many mental health problems are underpinned by delusional beliefs about the self and the world – and chronic worrying is no different. Here are 10 delusional beliefs held by worriers

Mental Health & Stigma

Mental health stigma is common when people are brave enough to admit they have a mental health problem, and it can often lead on to various forms of exclusion or discrimination – either within social circles or within the workplace

What Do We Worry About?

If you ask almost anyone whether they worry or not, they will almost certainly say “yes”. But what do they mean by worrying, and what do they worry about?

Will DSM-5 Make Us Worry More?

Will the publication of DSM-5 lead to over-diagnosis of mental health problems? Is so, does it matter?

Mental Health Research: Half a Century of Status Quo?

Can we clinical psychology researchers convince ourselves that we are doing anything other than trying to clear up the status quo in a paradigmatic approach that hasn’t been seriously questioned for over half a century?

The Lost 40%

Modern treatments for common mental health problems are more effective than doing nothing. But when the service user asks “will I be cured?” - the answer is not so reassuring

My Worrying and My Bad Mood

The relationship between worry and mood is complex, and your bad mood is as much a cause of your worrying as it is a consequence of it.

Why Are Worriers So Bad At Worrying?

Many chronic worriers readily claim they could “Worry for their country!” They certainly could, but we wouldn’t necessarily end up with much in the way of hard-nosed answers to pressing questions