Anxiety

- Patients with anxiety and depression

Mental health problems represent an increasing challenge in our society. These problems impede people’s ability to function and influences their relations in school, work and private life. The necessary treatment demands considerable resources and many people miss the required attention. 

A main challenge for patients with mental health problems is that the symptoms influence their personality and thus cause difficulties in disentangling structure and systematics. Having particularly bad periods influences the cognition, causing problems in reproducing symptoms systematically. Until now, it has been difficult to register and document experiences when they occur in an accessible way independent of time and space. 

Grasp offers a new concept in understanding these challenges from the user’s perspectives. Squeeze what you experience when the experience occurs independently from anything else. Your registrations combined with therapeutic communication may increase insight and thus improve comprehension of situations that trigger anxiety and depression.  

Background: Eirik

‘Eirik’ is a student and suffers from severe anxiety attacks. He has previously experienced having anxiety, however, the attacks are getting more severe. He has difficulties in remembering when, and explaining the cause the attacks. He is presently attending weekly conversational therapy with a psychologist.

Case

- Patient with anxiety

Use: Eirik has started using Grasp to gain insight in the severity of his anxiety and to enable explaining his everyday situation. Eirik has made an agreement with his psychologist to squeeze Grasp every time he experiences anxiety. 

Analysis: Eirik has used Grasp during four weeks. Together with his psychologist, he analyses the squeezes from Grasp to gain insight and look for explanatory connections. The illustration below display the logs from every week and the responses put in train. 

week 1
monday
sunday

Several squeezes are recorded from Sunday evening until Thursday afternoon, also during the nights. Eirik experiences going by bus to be demanding and that Grasp supports him during the bus ride.

Response: Eirik agrees with his psychologist to avoid the bus and instead walk to the university for one day during the following week.

week 2
monday
sunday

The next week is almost identical; however, the day Eirik avoids going by bus, he was surprised to discover there being fewer squeezes (recorded). Eirik and the psychologist discuss how anxiety attacks might be triggered both before and after the lectures. Eirik ran through how he might avoid being questioned by a lecturer.

Response: The psychologist encourages Eirik to email the lecturer asking whether it is common to use students for demonstrations during lectures.

Eirik will one day in the following week sit where it is difficult for any lecturer to select him for demonstration.


week 3
monday
sunday

The lecturer answered to Eirik that he would not use any student in demonstrations. Tuesday had by far fewer squeezes than the other days. Eirik did not attend the lectures that day as he decided to see how that would turn out.

Response: The psychologist wants Eirik to focus on the reply from the lecturer and bring Grasp in the forthcoming period.


week 4
monday
sunday

The log for the 4th week shows that Eirik has far fewer anxiety attacks. Seeing the reduction in anxiety attacks displayed as fewer squeezes are a cause of great motivation in Eirik.