Guided Imagery for Functional Disorders

Chapter

Abstract

Therapeutic guided imagery (TGI) is a mind-body medical intervention that has the potential of providing healing benefits to individuals with functional disorders. Moreover, it is a skill that most patients can learn and practice on their own on a regular basis. TGI can promote healing, reduce suffering, and enhance the body’s capacity to prevent and resist illness. TGI is a treatment modality that has no negative side effects and is based on experiencing a desirable positive outcome with one or more of the five senses (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory).

Keywords

Guided imagery Imagery Meditation Psychotherapy Therapeutic imagery Visualization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryAkron General Medical CenterAkronUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryCenter for Mind-Body MedicineAkronUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryNortheast Ohio Medical UniversityAkronUSA

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