Welcome to the MacAnxiety Research Centre

We are a psychiatric research centre located in Hamilton, Ontario. If you would like to participate in our ongoing research studies, please click “Current Research” to see a list of our studies open to recruitment.

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Free Anxiety Screening Test

The MacAnxiety Research Centre has developed a screening tool for anxiety and depression. The test is free and available online. To complete it, please click “Online Anxiety Screening Test

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New Online Survey!


Do breathing sounds annoy you?
Does repeated tapping make you angry?
Does the sound of others chewing fill you with rage?


Then take our Misophonia survey by clicking HERE.

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You’re invited! Free Thompson Centre OCD event – March 25, 2018

Strength and Resiliency: Tools for Individuals Living with OCD and Their Families


Join the Thompson Centre Clinic for  a free afternoon educational event open to people experiencing OCD, their family members and friends, and the broader public interested in learning more.

Learn more about what families need to know in supporting someone experiencing OCD and ask questions of our expert panel.

Featuring our special guest Dr. Diana Brecher:

Bouncing Back: Becoming More Resilient and Effective Using Your Strengths

(Registration required – limited space available)

For event details and to register visit:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/strength-and-resiliency-tools-for-individuals-living-with-ocd-and-their-families-tickets-43568261844?ref=enivtefor001&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend

DATE AND TIME: Sunday, March 25th, 2018   1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

2075 Bayview Avenue

McLaughlin Auditorium, E wing, ground floor, room EG18a

Toronto, ON M4N3M5


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Why are you anxious?

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Opinion: Marijuana is not an all-purpose medical cure

An opinion piece on CBC outlining concern over increased self-medication once marijuana is legalized in Canada. Click here to read the article

What do you think?

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Interview (CBC News): Radio Host Trevor Dineen discusses struggle with OCD

Listen to CBC radio host Trevor Dineen talk about his personal struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder here.

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Are you a healthy adult? Take part in our research study today!



We are currently recruiting adults (ages 18-65) for a study examining bacteria found in the human gut.  Click HERE for more information or contact Jasmine at turnaj@mcmaster.ca

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Interview (The Current): Gut microbes and your health!

Microbiologist Brett Finlay talks about the microbes in our gut and how they can affect our health by helping develop our immune system. Listen to the interesting interview on The Current about his book “Let them Eat Dirt” and the connection between the gut microbiome and health HERE. Researchers (including us at the MacAnxiety Research Centre) have also begun looking at how these bacteria can influence mental health.

Learn about our microbiome study here or our natural health supplement or anxiety study here!

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Sirukumab in Treatment-Resistant Adult Major Depressive Disorder

Depressed_3 (1)Are you depressed?

Has your low mood persisted for two weeks or more?

Have you noticed a decrease in your ability to enjoy your usual hobbies or interests?

Have you also noticed:
• Significant changes in your appetite?
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt?
• Talk or move more slowly than usual?
• Decreased levels of energy?

We are conducting a study evaluating the potential effects of adding a new medication to your current antidepressant medication. You must be between the ages of 21-64 and in good overall physical health.
For more information, contact Palika: 905-921-7644 or palika@macanxiety.com

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MacAnxiety Takes Over the News! The link between internet and social media addiction and mental health risks

Internet, social media addiction linked to mental health risks: study

Click the links below to check out some of the fantastic research coming out of our centre. Read to learn about what Dr. Michael Van Ameringen and our team has to say about the link between internet and social media addiction to other mental health risks.










(French): http://rue89.nouvelobs.com/2016/09/20/laddiction-a-internet-est-souvent-liee-a-dautres-dependances-265194

(German): https://www.welt.de/kmpkt/article158253628/Wie-gross-das-Problem-mit-der-Internetsucht-wirklich-ist.html


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MacAnxiety in the news – microbiome and OCD

The MacAnxiety Research Centre’s preliminary findings evaluating the gut microbiome in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder were featured in an article highlighting findings from the recent American Psychiatric Association meeting in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month.  Click the link below to learn more!


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