Strange World: Exploring Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

By Layla Baboli In the realm of curious medical mysteries, there exists a condition that seems to blur the lines between reality and fantasy known as “Alice in Wonderland Syndrome” (AIWS). For years, scientists have been puzzled by this fascinating brain phenomenon. Let’s dive into the curious rabbit hole of AIWS and unravel its mysteries. […]

Anti-Social Media: a Trend Or a Movement? 

By Gabriella Davies In this day and age, we are fixed to our phones, and yes we are all guilty of this. Within the last five years we have witnessed the rise of TikTok and BeReal and as of the 5th January 2024, Tik Tok has over 1 billion active users, Instagram has 1.4 billion […]

The Silent Struggle: Body Dysmorphic Disorder and the Harms of Body Shaming

By Layla Baboli In a world increasingly obsessed with appearances, the quiet struggles faced by individuals dealing with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and the impact of body shaming are frequently disregarded. Body dysmorphic disorder, characterised by the thoughts and behaviours related to recognising flaws in physical appearance, affects individuals of all ages and backgrounds. The […]

Lonely young man with the light. painting illustration By Jorm Sangsorn

Loneliness, the ‘Silent Killer’

By Yara Aburaya What is loneliness? When we feel lonely, it is perceived as an involuntary separation from other people.  A lot of people tend to consider the feeling of loneliness as just another emotion, however feeling lonely can actually have a very harmful impact on us. Some may even refer to loneliness as “a […]

Pets and Mental Health

By Niamh McDermott Many of the students at St Augustine’s own pets. Did you know that they improve your mental and physical health? Cats and dogs are seen as the most common pets to reduce heart rate. When stroking a cat, it is proven that less stress hormones are released and therefore the blood pressure […]

How are People Impacted by ADHD and ADD?

By Layla Baboli Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are two common conditions that can have a significant impact on individuals’ lives. These disorders primarily affect children but can persist into adulthood. This article aims to explore the effects of ADHD and ADD and the challenges faced by individuals who have […]

Autumn Activities for Half Term

By Lara Clark As the October half term is coming soon, most students will soon either find themselves with a lot of free time which is useful to unwind from the pressures of school, normally during this free time Students start to find themselves bored and lying in bed aimlessly for hours on end and […]

Obesogens – How do they effect Humans?

By Aishani Balakumar What is an Obesogen? Before we go into more about obesity, it is important that we know what an obesogen is. There are around 50 chemicals, possibly even more, that contribute to obesity and one of the main ones are obesogens. An obesogen is a chemical which allows a living organism to […]