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Nick Drnaso: ‘Something about comics attracts people who have anxiety’

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Nick Drnaso finds himself in a disconcerting position. His hobby has become his job. He is still struggling to get used to a world in which it makes more financial sense for him to sit at his drawing board from the mo...

Climate-crisis anxiety denial is everywhere. But this week it’s impossible to ignore our worries

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I was chairing a Zoom event last week about carbon bombs, and how to defuse them. All over the world, as governments broadcast warm words to a warming planet, corporations are planning and lobbying for fossil fuel pro...

‘I’m very afraid’: same-sex couples express anxiety about a post-Roe landscape

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“Euphoria.” That’s how Jim Obergefell describes his reaction on 26 June 2015, when, “after a lifetime of feeling less than, of feeling outside of society”, the supreme court affirmed the right to same-sex marriage in ...

What I wish I’d known about living with an anxiety disorder

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To some extent, anxiety is an entirely logical response to being alive, and being a human among other humans. When I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder in my 20s, this thought would have been helpful. To ...

‘I was enjoying a life that was ruining the world’: can therapy treat climate anxiety?

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Pete Knapp, 36, who lives in London, has visited North Korea, travelled overland from Kenya to Cape Town, motorcycled through Japan and Cambodia and trekked by horse through China. Until a few years ago, “I felt invin...

University of Bristol failed to make allowances for student with severe anxiety, court told

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The University of Bristol failed to make “reasonable” allowances for a student with severe social anxiety and fear of public presentations that contributed to her depression and subsequent suicide, a county court has ...

Teachers and too much homework contribute to maths anxiety – study

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If the thought of fractions or differential equations makes you break you out in a cold sweat, you are not alone. Maths anxiety – a negative emotional reaction to mathematics – is a global phenomenon, hampering maths ...

‘I know what anxiety is. And guilt’: Florian Zeller on his nightmarish new play

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Florian Zeller has made a speciality of disorienting his audiences. Last year, the skilfully blurred timeline of The Father, based on his own Alzheimer’s-inspired play, landed him an Oscar for best adapted screenplay,...

The fears of five-year-olds: how young children cope with Covid anxiety

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Let me introduce you to a little girl called Miriam. She’s five years old and attends a primary school in north-east London. The adults who know her describe her as a confident, outgoing child. “She has a hugely adven...

‘A safe haven’: how Dungeons & Dragons is slaying social anxiety

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As pandemic restrictions lift across Australia and more face-to-face activities resume, socialising can be a source of profound anxiety for many people. But what if, when you met up with others, you don’t have to be y...

Doggy dependency: How to break post-lockdown separation anxiety

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I adore my dog, Peanut. She’s a Miniature Schnauzer with a sweet nature and a button nose. She runs like a rabbit and pulls a lopsided smile when we greet her in the morning. She likes to get close to me, really close...

When young children battle anxiety, parents don’t need to feel like helpless bystanders

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As a parent or guardian, it can be incredibly difficult (not to mention confusing) to watch a child in your care battle mental health issues, especially if it’s an issue you might not see or understand for yourself. ...

Sit! Stay! Don’t be sad! How to protect your pet from separation anxiety

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Like an apocryphal butterfly flapping its wings and unleashing untold chaos thousands of miles away, one miscreant virus particle is all it took to alter the human-pet dynamic across the globe. In this lockdown era, m...

Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegrating

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Scientists have expressed concern that residual anxiety over coronavirus may have led some people to develop compulsive hygiene habits that could prevent them from reintegrating into the outside world, even though Cov...

Analysing long Covid and managing anxiety

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George Monbiot has written about post Covid-19 illnesses (Apparently just by talking about it, I’m super-spreading long Covid, 14 April). He referred to slides he had obtained from a talk I was invited to give because...

Lockdown ending could trigger anxiety for many, say UK charities

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Fears raised for people with mental health concerns over return to schools and workplacesThe lifting of lockdown restrictions and the subsequent return to schools, workplaces and social events could trigger heightened...