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Where anxiety comes from—and what we can do about it
Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D.
Why do some people develop debilitating obsessions and compulsions?
Do we run the risk of the ‘medicalization’ of normal negative emotions such as mild distress or even unhappiness?
Why are many millions of otherwise sane height phobics so scared of heights?
Worrying can often seem uncontrollable: we can’t stop it starting, it seems to make our worries worse rather than better, and we can’t seem to switch it off - why?
In our modern era, we have a whole set of new and evolving anxieties and a growing awareness of anxiety as a potentially distressing and disabling state.
Do many of us develop compulsions as a tool to manage the anxieties, demands, and stresses of the modern world?
Caffeine is regularly used to provoke panic attacks in what are known as “biological challenge procedures” used in research on 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.
Being bullied is a significant risk factor for subsequent social anxiety but bullying is changing. It’s moving from the schoolyard to the Internet.
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.
Is there a relationship between parents micromanaging their kids and childhood anxiety?
Anxiety is often a distressing emotion, and one that feels debilitating rather than enabling. So what advantages does anxiety bring, if any?
Even with a good-sized social network, users face added stressors and feelings of disconnectedness.
Around one in 10 individuals seeking cosmetic surgery may be diagnosable with body dysmorphic disorder
Anxiety-based problems are very common, and around 30-40% of individuals in Western societies will develop a problem that is anxiety related
What factors combine to turn an emerging worry into a distressing activity that you can’t seem to disengage from?
Has evolution shaped our modern-day phobias, or is this just too simple a solution?
If the world has shaped anxiety as a useful adaptive tool, where do anxiety disorders come from?
There is an enduring belief that creativity in the arts is associated with psychological disturbance and even “madness”
Can we alleviate depression through exercise and changes in posture and deportment?
We must be wary about ‘medicalizing’ problems in daily living so that they become viewed as ‘abnormal’
Demonic or ‘spirit possession’ is still a common explanation for mental health problems in many areas of the world.
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”
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 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?
The involvement of disgust and cultural history in spider phobia suggests that such fear may have a complex origin
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.
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.
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.
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
Graham C. L. Davey, Ph.D., is an expert in anxiety and a professor of psychology at the University of Sussex.