Step 1 – Prototype & questions
In order to know more about patients’ psychic trauma contents and reasons, I do deep intervews with my PTSD paitients and I want to know what they usually dream recently that can make them feel unconfortable and stressed.
The Sample Collection:
The Recent Problems: Parents gonna go to her collage graduation ceremony, and she feels nervous about how to handle the relationship between three people. She dreams everynight, and feel nervous and stressed.
Pickup one of the Dream Contents:
“I dreamed about that I go boating with some people in the lake, but the boat turned over. I fell into the water, breathing hard, feel like dying. I cried for help, but other people don’t save me.” —Qin Wang
Key words: near-drowning, helpless, afraid
Analaysis: She is stuggling subconsciously, and may be aware of a thought or feeling that makes her uncomfortable, but reason prevents her from accepting it. It is also possible that her subconscious mind is telling her that there is something wrong or dangerous in her current plan, or that there may be a serious misunderstanding or disagreement.
Prototype Content: Replace the key depressing element and let her to image another ending and plot of that nightmare.
The rerehearsed Dream Plot:
“It is a sunny day, my hero and I decide to go boating in the Lake Washington. We bring a lot of food and also carry on his pet dog. However the boat turned over. I fall into the water, but that time, my hero jumps into the water and save me, and he tells me don’t be afraid.”
Then I use the Unity to mock up her imagination and help her enhance this new imagination experience. In this scene, I let the “spider man” to play the role of hero, and make the whole environment be bright and sunny, which can help her to avoid the similar depression feeling in her nightmare.
The re-rehearsal process and imagination process was a happy process for my user QinWang, and I let her to participate in the process of choosing the island environment she likes, and make sure she can have impressed memory of this new scene instead of the nightmare she had previously. I let her to review this scene 5 times a day, and especially before she went to bed. The night she did this practice is a night without dream. She said: “It’s a interesting practice for me, and I enjoy it.”
Step 2 – Identify the community and plan for feedback
1.Identify your users and make a list of questions for your users
List: (Alias Name)
What kind of traumas lead you to feel strssed and can’t let it go?
Could you talk about that experience?
Will these experience can provide the nightmares to you?
What kind of nightmares? What’s the content?
What kind of dream makes you feel happy?
If you want to improve your sleep quality, what can makes you feel better?
2.Identify key stakeholders and make a list of questions for them
Key stakeholders: PTSD Orgnization, and Insomnia Program in NYU
Could I get some information about some information of trauma experiences patients usually have, and what mental depression they usually suffer from?
I heard there is a therapy called imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT), that teaches patients to change their remembered nightmares and to rehearse new scenarios. This approach has been successfully used in both children and adults, and in veterans, trauma victims, people living through major stressors or life crises, and patients suffering from serious mental illness, such as depression. Have you ever heard this therapy? and if yes, would you like to share some deep research or experienceabout IRT. Thank you very much!:) have a good day:)
3.Identify key experts, artists, and people that are relevant in industry or beyond and make a list of questions for them.
Jayeeta Basu, PhD
Step 3 – Outline of your abstract