Impact of Guided Imagery on Depression, Stress and Anxiety among Wives of Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder
Keywords:Guided imagery, Depression, Stress, Anxiety, wives of AUD patients
The purpose of this article is to evaluate the impact of Guided Imagery (GI) on Depression, Stress and
Anxiety among wives of patients with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Many studies have examined the
protective factors associated with individual’s mental illness. In some studies, consumption of Alcohol had
an inverse relationship to mental health problems, whereas in other studies, it leads to serious effects on the
family members of the AUD patients. If not properly managed, stress can lead to disturbances in cognitive
functioning, mood-related problems, obesity, and heart disease. Guided imagery has been shown to be an
effective technique to help people recover from stress. The literature on guided imagery, however, does
not take the theme of the guided imagery script into account. Additionally, there are gaps in the research
regarding any interaction between rurality and mood, stress, and guided imagery. Guided Imagery describes
techniques that use visualizations and draw on the participants’ active imagination and mental imagery.
It typically involves a person directing the mental exercises and the participants are guided through
suggestions to evoke specific images. It is used as psychotherapy, as a relaxation or meditation technique,
or experimentally to evoke specific emotional states.Guided Imagery is cost effective, noninvasive, nonpharmacological
complementary and alternative therapy to reduce the level of depression, stress and anxiety
among wives of AUD patients.
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