Anxiety in the news

Anxiety in the news

What does anxiety look like?

Read about the Canadian and Global cost of not treating anxiety.

Read about the evolution of worry.

A new article in The Atlantic outlines the different ways that people are affected by social anxiety, and how exposing people to some of their social fears (e.g., having them intentionally commit blunders or mishaps and observe that the effects are typically not as catastrophic as they imagine) can be an important part of treatment for social anxiety.  

Most people have experienced some kind of social blunder (e.g., tripping, spilling coffee). However, people with social anxiety tend to interpret these mishaps as having negative social costs (e.g., ridicule, rejection, embarrassment or shame) and some of our very own research provides insight into why this might be the case. Read on for more information

Read about anxiety and self-sabotage in an interview with Dr. Christine Purdon.

Watch ​Dr. Christine Purdon and her student Brenda Chiang talk about OCD on CTV News.

Read about why OCD is a disorder than cannot be ignored from the New York Times.

Worried about flying? See what Dr. Purdon has to say about how recent plane crashes validate our fears here (clip begins at 9:15).

Our very own, Dr. Christine Purdon, talking about 11 habits of people who never worry.

Check out Col. Chris Hadfield's Ted talk on the role of exposure in overcoming fear and anxiety.

Current studies

We are currently seeking volunteers with symptoms of anxiety to become valued members of our Anxiety Studies Division Participant Pool.

We are also conducting a new “talk therapy” treatment study for social anxiety

Please view our current studies page for more information.


To participate in our current on-line survey in order to become eligible for our Participant Pool, please visit the survey page.


Please read our most recent newsletter which provides information on our current studies and recently published studies.