Design for Life: I struggle with anxiety – could it be hereditary?

This week, writer and podcaster Tim Clare explains the many reasons that might be causing a reader’s anxiety

The question most anxious people would like answered is: ‘Why me?’

Dear Expert,

For decades, I’ve struggled with anxiety. I’ve tried everything – meditation, different foods, crazy exercise regimes, but nothing has eradicated it. Something I’ve started to consider is whether or not I could simply have an “anxious gene”. My mother has also battled anxiety her whole life, sometimes to the point where we’d get as far as the supermarket for a food shop, then she’d drop the basket and have to bring us home ...