Under an increasingly stressed health-service, individual patients are now encouraged to take their own healthcare into further levels of responsibility - so in designing a solution to empower those feeling under mild anxiety, growing stress, and panic, we can begin to relieve pressure on key areas of the health service whilst also helping others legitimise their self-treatment of common worries.
Grasp is a tool for facing adversity, gaining acceptance, and starting recovery. It provides a platform from which individuals can take power over anxiety, stress, and panic, in controlling breathing during times of need. Grasp is designed to monitor pulse and breathing, and through visual and haptic feedback, guide senses back to a safe space.
Alprazolam, a sedative more commonly referred to as Xanax, is the most commonly prescribed drug in the developed world. It is addictive, unreliable and outrageously over-prescribed; as a 2010 study in JAMA concluded that anti-depressants relieved symptoms in fewer than 25 percent of all patients with mild cases.
Grasp can instead attempt to bring down the heart rate through visual and haptic guidance. If the rate is maintained at a high value for an extended period, it will flash to indicate that a user should seek professional advice.
Utilising Grasp, you are invited to reach out and have help in guiding yourself back to a place of present mind during difficult times. We might not always have people to reach out to, or feel it necessary to do so; and Grasp offers an object in which you can release anxieties without letting stress compound.