I'm studying the below questions. I appreciate they're rather broad - the purpose of this post is to get guidance on where I might start. I'm hoping someone can provide more focused examples of related studies which will help me move forward.
To what extent does a high level sense of direction weigh on day to day mental health optimisation?
In other words...
How is the economy relevant to mental health optimisation and does progression at such a macro level support individual psychological health progression?
By 'high level sense of direction' I mean the level of optimism in our environment - whether that be from growing financial markets, an evolving political landscape, levels of world conflict etc. (I'm talking vision/risk appetite/optimism. Perhaps there is an academic term within the cognitive sciences for this? Behavioral Ecology?)
I'm looking to analyse how our global connectivity and processing of world news/events which highlight sometimes far-removed changes in our environment, directly impact our mental state.
- Have there been any studies into the relationship between economic performance and anxiety? Maybe the psychological outlook of Millenials who experienced a very difficult economic environment during 2007 to 2013 (credit crisis) whilst trying to enter the workforce? Many didn't and lived with parents longer, haven't bought houses etc..
- Perhaps the relationship between proliferation of social media news services and psychological health?
Please provide reading suggestions and advise if I'm not using terms recognised in the realm of cognitive science/psychology. Please add relevant tags to my question as not sure where this fits in; looking to bridge two worlds here.