Why designing may help treat psychosis

Renedo Illarregi, Erika; Alexiou, Katerina and Zamenopoulos, Theodore (2019). Why designing may help treat psychosis. In: International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019 Proceedings.


The paper presents some initial theoretical insights on why designing may help people with experience of psychosis. The paper reviews how psychosis has been discussed in the literature from a phenomenological point of view, and how it links to designing by looking at the themes of agency and embodiment. These insights are then used to formulate the hypothesis that the experience of designing, and design iteration, may pose a continuous force (and have an indirect effect) towards the coupling, or pulling together, of dimensions of experience such as perception, cognition and action which in psychosis are sometimes experienced as particularly fragmented. The paper contributes to our understanding of design and introduces the idea of design as treatment for the development of design projects to support mental health.

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