Anxiety disorders

Anxiety is a normal response to threat or danger. At times it is helpful since it mobilises energy reserves for action, and the increased level of arousal involved can improve performance in a range of situations. Anxiety is unhelpful, or pathological when it is experienced intensely, frequently and persistently and interferes with a persons daily living.


Anxiety handout

Link to Blog posts featuring anxiety

Internal video resources
Mary’s story

Tracy’s story

Charles’ story

External links
— Leaflets from the Royal College of Psychiatrists on anxiety disorders
— A podcast from the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the problems¬†with¬†and the future of the diagnosis of PTSD in DSM V
— The BMJ have a number of resources including ones on panic, anxiety and PTSD
Wikipedia article on anxiety disorders
— From The Guardian an article on generalised anxiety disorders
— From the BBC website a number of videos: on different types of anxiety disorders; on the effect of living with agoraphobia; on social anxiety; on obsessive compulsive disorder.

A short animated film on panic on Vimeo

Clips on YouTube from the National Institute of Mental Health in the US on anxiety disorders. The first is a 19-minute video documentary panic disorder, the second covers some research into a possible treatment for PTSD.

Panic disorder
Replacing fear memories

A Google Tech Talk by Dr. Phillippe Goldin

The ability to recognize and work with different emotions is fundamental to psychological flexibility and well-being. Neuroscience has contributed to the understanding of the neural bases of emotion, emotion regulation, and emotional intelligence, and has begun to elucidate the brain mechanisms involved in emotion processing. Of great interest is the degree to which these mechanisms demonstrate neuroplasticity in both anatomical and functional levels of the brain.The neuroscience of emotions