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

Short title: Tech-CBT

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.

Contact

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

The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine
Building 71/918 Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Campus,
Herston, QLD 4029

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

T: 07 3346 5577
E: anxietyresearch@uq.edu.au
W: Dementia and Neuro Mental Health Research Unit