Therapeutic benefits of expressive writing in an electronic format

  • Atkinson R
  • Hare T
  • Merriman M
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Abstract

Expressive writing is recognized as having therapeutic benefits including fewer stress-related visits to the doctor, improved immune system functioning, reduced blood pressure, improved functional status, fewer days in the hospital, feelings of greater psychological well-being, reduced depressive symptoms, fewer posttraumatic intrusion and avoidance symptoms, improved memory and sleep, and faster healing after surgery. Combine this with current popularity of social networking, and there is a formula for improved patient outcomes.

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  • Creative writing
  • Information technology
  • Therapeutic writing

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Authors

  • Ronda Atkinson

  • Tania Hare

  • Miranda Merriman

  • Anne Vogel

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