Your Electronic Battle Buddy:
Is my current thesis project for my master’s degree in New Media and web design from the Academy of Art University. Here is a link to test out a portion of the application. https://marvelapp.com/a1hib6i For more information about my project, scroll down past the image.
A mobile journal writing application that helps to fight anxiety, depression, and possibly suicide caused by PTSD. Currently, twenty two of our warfighters commit suicide a day. When our warfighters or veterans are diagnosed with PTSD by the VA, it may take them a while to get into the system and see a doctor. This delay can heighten their anxiety levels, deepen their depression, and possibly cause them to commit suicide.
Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides many benefits. The act of writing accesses your left-brain, which is your analytical and rational side of your brain. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, sense and feel your surroundings. Writing helps to remove mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, and others, letting you live in the moment and not the past.
Individuals that write in a journal experienced these benefits:
- Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions, (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
- Know yourself better. By writing routinely, you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
- Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness, and other painful emotions help to release the intensity of these feelings, allowing you to feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.
- Solve problems more effectively. Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. However, sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
- Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. Moreover, you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.
In addition to all of these wonderful benefits, keeping a journal allows you to track patterns, trends and improvement and growth over time. When current circumstances appear insurmountable, you will be able to look back on previous dilemmas that you have since resolved. (Psych Central, Nov. 19, 2016, “The Health Benefits of Journaling, By Maud Purcell, LCSW, and CEAP: http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-health-benefits-of-journaling/)