When researching for my design thesis, I wanted decided right away that I wanted to tackle a topic that both had meaning to me personally, and also connected with my degree focus track in Psychology. With those two ideas in mind, I settled fairly quickly on the idea of trying to help those who suffer from anxiety disorders, like I have for so long. There are many different types of anxiety, but there is surprisingly one type of treatment that does stand out above the rest. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of psychotherapy that teaches a patient to recognize their unhealthy thoughts and change them. After all of my psychology courses throughout my years in college, I decided that taking a popular and effective form of treatment and using design to make it more easy to use and understand would be a great use of my time this semester.
I have always considered design as a way to simply make information beautiful and intriguing to people. After settling on my topic, I have realized that design can be so much more, and can even help heal people to overcome illnesses. It is my hope that my project will reach individuals suffering from all types of anxiety, clinical or otherwise, and help them to live happier and healthier lives. I also hope that this will not only help those who suffer from anxiety, but also clinicians who treat this type of mental illness every day. By identifying patterns in behavior, it will become easier to treat and prevent relapse in patients with anxiety, and hopefully eventually lead to a lower prevalence rate.
Please take a look at my clickable prototype for Frame of Mind