blog eight and nine

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With a focus in conventional treatments for mental health (focused at young adults 18-25 years old) I wanted to understand why there is no highlight in alternate methods of therapy, better known as pseudoscience. It is a conflict amongst topics because the practice of pseudoscience is bittersweet – there are skeptics and there are advocators.

Upon research reading investigative journalism on the “clinical diagnosis of mental health” does not seem to exist (https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/mental-disorders-do-not-exist/) simply because there is actually a lack of evidence of chemical imbalances. This results with pharmaceutical industry profiting off efficacy of suppression and addiction. But however, that is an opinion. And there are skeptics such as (http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/pseudoscience-fool/) that demands physical experiments/results to prove metaphysical improvements otherwise it can be simply be mistaken as a placebo. I may be writing biased here, only because I’ve been isolated to both practices of Eastern and Western medicine (not specifically for mental health though) but I’ve witnessed the healing of both. I believe that we should be more open to an amalgamation approaches of therapy. There is evidence that pseudoscience can be used to treat anxiety and PTSD (especially through methods that subdue the person within a deep meditative state) and the New-Age movement is increasing.

So within my group brainstorming session, we distilled a specific question of our controversy relatable to these young adults:

“why is pseudoscience not practiced commonly amongst young adults in Australia”

That is due to lack of research and funding hence awareness for the public. Pseudoscience is mostly an esoteric kind of initiation as medication is once the conventional clinical approach.

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The approach that I had about designing a system to suit my controversy was completely wrong. Thus the mindmap below is a refinement of the one we did in class that explores more coherently the idea of my proposal. The mindmap led me more towards bringing light upon the co-existence of both the physical and mental being. To my understanding, the obscured language and assertion used to promote pseudoscience as a mental health treatment seems unappealing to many as there aren’t any scientific/physical evidence that require no emotion/opinion. Thus, someone’s understanding must be made through a personalised experience.

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PROPOSAL:

Due to the lack of funding and research, the option of alternative treatments for mental health given to Australian young adults (18-25 years) is scarce in numbers. Another probable perception is that pseudoscience is uncommonly accepted as a healing mechanism because of it’s intangible nature and obscurity; and one’s centralisation of the physical being. As a result, the actor in the controversy introduced is the physical being and what isolates the physical being is the gym. With the promotion of a healthy fit lifestyle and requirement of hard evidence and repetition for prevalence, it is a paradigm to target a specific physical-focused audience. Hence, I’ve decided to set my context at a gym location (preferably next the toilet/showers) whereby my goal is to set up a parameter for these gym members to challenge the existence of intangibility.

To achieve this, my system will be conducted through a simulation of sensory deprivation tanks. Being deprived of the senses that connote the surrounding physical environment and the essence of weightlessness will soon seep the person to enter realms generated from their brain. The visual and auditory hallucinations, cognitive perturbations yet awakenings and relaxation seem to be experiences akin to those who have written about it. Below are links of Australian companies and journalists/bloggers that vicariously articulate their experiences and results and why they would definitely recommend it as a meditative tool or holistic rejuvenation.

http://www.floattanksydney.com.au/

http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/floating-its-for-real-its-good-for-you-and-its-not-just-for-hippies

http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/floating-its-for-real-its-good-for-you-and-its-not-just-for-hippies

Floating

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/health/a13474/what-its-like-to-float-in-a-sensory-deprivation-tank/

What is floating?

https://psmag.com/what-are-the-benefits-of-locking-yourself-in-a-tank-and-floating-in-room-temperature-saltwater-5f077839fad9#.r9slodxck

After the 75 minute session, post-float interview is conducted and direct conversation between the person and worker is to understand what the person has learnt after the experience (particularly what had replaced their five senses). The outcome of the personalised experience will introduce acknowledgement of the coexistence of the physical and mental vortex. Data will be extrapolated and perhaps be used to condone awareness of the existence of intangible alternate treatments.

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