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Psychological treatment for recurrent symptoms of colds and flu in children.

15 Aug
When 45 Australian children with histories of ten or more upper respiratory tract infections were taught stress management and guided imagery, their episodes of illness were shorter and symptoms milder at the one-year follow-up than for the kids who were wait-listed. In addition, their psychological state remained improved as well. These findings were confirmed in a subsequent replication study, suggesting that psychological treatment interrupts a chronic illness cycle in children with symptoms of recurrent URTI.

Citation: Hewson-Bower B and Drummond PD, Psychological treatment for recurrent symptoms of colds and flu in children. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2001 Jul;51(1):369-77.
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