My Anxiety Care

Technology Assisted and Remotely Delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Intervention for Anxiety in People living with Cognitive Impairment: Randomised Controlled Trial

Anxiety represents one of the most common mental health problems in the population and can be experienced by people of any age. Anxiety influences a person’s overall wellbeing and quality of life.

What are the components of anxiety?

  • Emotional: feeling on edge, irritability, feelings of fear, dread and worry.
  • Behavioural: being easily distracted, avoiding situations, worrisome thoughts, and being easily startled.
  • Cognitive: persistent negative thoughts and intrusive worries, difficulties with concentration, focus and memory.
  • Physical: increased heart rate, sweating, shaking, feeling of nausea and dizziness, muscle tension or pains, and having trouble sleeping.

Some activities, events or general circumstances can be naturally anxiety provoking for most people, and can be successfully overcome. However, some situations can be too intense or unexpected that anxiety can be difficult to cope with and manage.

Anxiety becomes a problem when it starts to significantly impact on a person’s life. For example, when it makes them adjust their routine to avoid certain activities or situations, or when it makes them feel preoccupied and overwhelmed with fear, worries or ruminations, making it difficult to focus on anything else.

Anxiety can also be induced when exposed to ongoing stress, such as the current situation surrounding COVID-19. When exposed to stress for a long time, it might trigger similar responses to those listed above.

Recognising anxiety symptoms is therefore an important step towards learning new techniques to positively cope with experiences of anxiety, worry, and stress.

I am a person with cognitive impairment, and I want to participate

I am a clinician, and I want to refer someone to the study


If you are interested in participating, please contact us by either phone or email us: 

M: 0419 638 776

T: 07 3346 5036 or 07 3346 5577


Associate Professor Nadeeka Dissanayaka
NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellow, Dementia and Neuro Mental Health Research Unit

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Building 71/918, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Campus,
Herston, QLD 4029

W: Dementia and Neuro Mental Health Research Unit