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Does Heavy Medication Reduce the Impact of Guided Imagery?

12 Dec


Dear Belleruth,

Are guided imagery techniques less effective for people who are heavily medicated on pharmaceutical drugs, eg for bipolar or depression or PTS conditions? I suffer from combat stress and some family members have serious depression.

Thank you.

Elias P, Just Back from Iraq


Dear Elias,

Although it’s true that some meds can blunt the effectiveness of guided imagery, it will still be a help, especially with regular use and cumulative impact.  It’s not unusual for a person to be able to slowly reduce his or her dosage of meds over time, thanks to the imagery making up some of the difference.  But it’s best to do this in collaboration with your physician, of course, to be on the safe side.

Good luck with this.


Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award