Even after the year that was 2020, I've spotted countless articles and media outlets "helping" people set New Year's resolutions and kick bad habits. Whilst I'm not one to usually set a resolution, this year I want to do more of what I love which includes these articles. So now the thesis is in and I had a Christmas break (WAHOOO), what can science tell us about habits, whether breaking or forming them?
Unless you are so laid back you're horizontal, you are likely to have had the misfortune of feeling anxious at some point in your life. Whether it was a big presentation, a driving test, or a social encounter, anxiety can happen because of numerous triggers: everyone is different. In a world of social pressure and increasing recognition of mental health, let's understand why we get anxious and the symptoms that come with it.
Mental illness is now thought to affect 1 in 4 people in the UK yearly, with 1 in 6 affected on a regular basis. Current treatment is counselling and a concoction of medication which should control chemicals in the brain, lowering the ability to have extremes of mood. However, many sufferers claim a zombie-like state caused by stronger medication amongst other side-effects. What is research currently looking at for sufferers?