Exploring anxiety
Exploring anxiety

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Exploring anxiety


This free course was written and compiled by Dr Payam Rezaie, critically read by Dr Christopher Heath and edited by Nick Adams (Faculty of STEM). It was commissioned by Simon Hull (Senior Producer, Free Learning, OMIL) and Dr Patrina Law (Head of OpenLearn). We are grateful to Dawn Partner, Dale Harry and Sofia Maruzza for production assistance, Katie Meade for Rights and Debbie Roberts (engagevisually.co.uk) for creative assistance in developing the visual summaries for this course.

Parts of the course were redeveloped from existing Open University and OpenLearn courses:

Toates, F. (2010) ‘Explanations in mental health’, in SDK228 The science of the mind – investigating mental health, Book 1 Core concepts in mental health, Milton Keynes, The Open University, Section 1.2.3.

OpenLearn Course Work and mental health [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

Except for third party materials and otherwise stated in the acknowledgements at the end of each session, this content is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence.

The material acknowledged below is Proprietary and used under licence (not subject to Creative Commons Licence). Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission to reproduce material in this course:


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Visual summaries are licenced for use under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

We gratefully acknowledge the following sources:

TED Talk: Alison Sommer - Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks

BBC World Service Health Check “Anxiety” with Claudia Hammond 27 April 2014

OpenLearn Course: Challenging ideas in mental health

OpenLearn Course: Understanding depression and anxiety

OpenLearn Course: Emotions and emotional disorders

Toates, F. (2010) ‘Explanations in mental health’, in SDK228 The science of the mind – investigating mental health, Book 1 Core concepts in mental health, Milton Keynes, The Open University, Section 1.2.3.

OpenLearn Course: Challenging ideas in mental health, Sections 2.2 and 2.3

Grateful acknowledgement is also made to the following sources:

Australian Government Department of Health “Myths, misunderstandings and facts about mental illness" (Accessed 04-07-2019)

Canadian Mental Health Association “Myths about mental illness” (Accessed 04-07-2019)

NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness “Dispelling myths on mental illness” (Accessed 04-07-2019)

SANE Australia “Fact versus illness: mental health basics” (Accessed 04-07-2019)

US Department of Health and Human Services “Mental Health Basics: Myths and Facts” (Accessed 04-07-2019)

Time to Change (2017) "Mental health stigma: myths/ facts and mental health quiz" led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness (Accessed 04-07-2019)

World Health Organization (WHO) “10 facts on mental health” (Accessed 04-07-2019)

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