blog seven



Non human and human actors involved as factors of mental health


Synthesising the information and topics was the arduous process of it all. From what of the criteria is required to create the foundation of our research. My group and I collaborated a mindmap of social problems on different interpretations of mental health. We started conjuring polarising subjects to evoke discussions but it was pretty difficult to relate back to our individual study.

The depiction of mental illnesses in media and legal systems were very intriguing to me as it manifests how easy the labelling of “mentally ill” can be misconceived and manipulated. It’s particular upsetting that media perpetuates stereotypes that induce hatred and ignorance, which contributes to the globalising fear that is dividing humanity. I guess in all essence, my interest in mental health is how people respond emotionally and physically to it.

14242332_1368227046540352_5986735353815644045_oFortunately Chris was able to give us some direction by refining Keegan’s topic on the void between men and their initiation of seeking help with mental illnesses. The approach was more or so to keep asking “but why?” Why does this problem occur? Why does that affect us? Who perpetuates this notion? With this approach, we asked why do men not seek help? If because of male societal stereotypes, who/what then is perpetuating the stereotypes? The following map produced actors that could be explored extensively. With who is perpetuating, comes with the dual nature of who is challenging and can be explored.

14207632_1368317286531328_7513352550885829805_oMy research in the past seven weeks have been circulating around the design system of treatments and identification. But it was difficult, particularly that mental health is totally broad and it was required for the problem to be refined.

Prior this semester, the study of the psyche and spirituality became highlighted to me and I went on a bizarre journey imbuing myself with knowledge for a period of time. And with an interest of Eastern culture and their remedial treatments (having been experienced resorting a Chinese doctor), it aligns with the study of pseudoscience (which is considered the alternative medicinal treatment for mental health). Pseudoscience is a holistic natural approach that promotes optimal well-being and good health. It is built on complex systems of theory and practice whereas science is distinguishable from revelation, theology or spirituality in that it offers insight into the physical world obtained by empirical research.Then I asked myself “why? Why is pseudoscience not practiced conventionally amongst Australian adults (18-30 years)?” However upon my research, it was denoted that pseudoscience can easily be perceived as fraudulent amongst others due to the fact that the intangible results cannot merely prove prevalence. Unfortunately, there is also a clear lack of funded research. I can only deduce that, with a conversation I had with my partner, that it is a long and arduous process that may seem unachievable to some. With the efficiency of efficacy of medication, though it can create a dangerous relationship with the user – battling dependence, suppression, addiction. And with pseudoscience, it is much more of a transformational change.

So with this sudden fine tune, I can somewhat distill my focus on the design of alternative treatments. It is an interest as to why people do choose (and the following impact) as well as why people choose not to. The target audience is particularly for those adults who are in their independent stages of their lives (18-30 years).

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