Assisted Dreaming Therapy
Assisted Dreaming Therapy (ADT) is used for several purposes including the treatment of mental illness, the reconstruction of damaged memories, intelligence gathering, and interrogation. In a dreaming state the mind can be unaware of the artificial nature of the world around it, and may thus reveal secrets without realizing it. By linking multiple minds together they can assist each other in healing neural damage from missing and/or damaged tissues.
Dreamers Syndrome (DS, ADS) is a progressive neural disease that slowly eats at your sense of reality. Prognosis is highly dependent on the progression of the disease. At early stages the syndrome’s symptoms will eventually subside, but once the disease becomes acute it is both progressive and incurable. Only one person is known to have ever recovered from ADS, and it involved committal to a mental treatment facility where shock therapy was utilized over the course of many years. No other recoveries are known.
Early symptoms of DS include progressive tingling and numbness of the finger tips and toes, dizziness, tremors, and loss of smell. Eventually the tingling begins spreading up the nerve endings, and is combined with increasingly intense mental hallucinations, body temperature fluctuations, and reduced appetite. Symptoms of Acute Dreamers Syndrome (ADS) include violent hallucinations, aggressive psychopathic behavior, and extreme mood swings.
DS and ADS are both caused by continued exposure to decoherence during Assisted Dreaming Therapy (ADT). When experiencing early symptoms of the disease, it is recommended to completely cease ADT until symptoms subside. With continued exposure however symptoms become permanent and progressive. Health care providers should carefully weigh the benefits and restorative properties of ADT against the risk of developing ADS on a case by case basis.
Decoherence is a state of mind experienced during Assisted Dreaming Therapy (ADT), where neural patterns begin to become irregular. The state is usually caused when the mind becomes highly stressed and begins to fight against the therapy, attempting to access memories or information that do not actually exist, or are not accessible yet. Decoherence is extremely deadly, and must be dealt with quickly to avoid severe brain damage or even death.
To some extent the brain is always in a slight state of decoherence during ADT, which is completely harmless. However when levels rise the brain begins tearing itself apart, experiencing progressively more intense neural seizures, like a thunderstorm inside the mind. Death is eventually caused by complete neural shutdown, leading to multiple organ failure. Decoherence always damages the brain, even in mild cases, and its effects are cumulative. Eventually continued exposure will result in Acute Dreamers Syndrome (ADS).
Octocyclomine is a synthetic neural transmitter manufactured by Exogenesis. The transmitter is typically used only in conjunction with Assisted Dreaming Therapy to force minds out of a decoherant state. It does this by slowly reactivating the brains independent neural circuitry, thus severing the brains connection to other dreaming minds. Octocyclomine attempts to mimic the brains own natural method of waking from ADS, but can cause severe tachypnea and is thus recommended for use only in urgent situations.
Safe Zone is a place that all the minds in the simulation are very familiar with which causes significantly less neural destabilization. These locations are useful for a number of reasons: One is that they significantly reduce the effects of decoherence, and another is that they are also the safest locations from which a mind can be forcibly extracted. Extraction outside of a safe location causes severe neural damage from decoherence, which can lead to the early onset of Acute Dreamers Syndrome.