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A surprising number of people suffer from mental health disorders, stress and anxiety. It is estimated that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, while one in six experience a neurotic disorder such as anxiety or depression. However social norm dictates brushing such statistics under the rug and continuing as functioning members of society when getting out of bed alone can be a herculean task.

However, anxiety is not a statistic nor a formula. It cannot be explained in concrete terms. This project aims to visually explain this abstraction and show that not only is there a life beyond anxiety, but a life in cooperation with it.

I suffered from prolonged academic anxiety during high school due to performance, peer and familial pressures to excel. It debilitated me both mentally and physically. While I came out of this period of suffering alive, if exhausted and drained, many do not.

This project does not aim to be comprehensive, nor does it iterate the only way to deal with academic anxiety. It only presents the views of a single person who was lucky enough to make it through many tears, exams, doctors' waiting rooms and dinners with disapproving family members with her hope in the world and love of life intact.

 

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