The following is a summary of “Effectiveness of psychological intervention package on anxiety and wellness level among patients with anxiety disorders,” published in the November 2022 issue of Primary care by Mathew, et al.
Among the most prevalent mental illnesses across all age groups, anxiety disorders were linked to short- and long-term impairments in social, academic, family, and psychological functioning. For a study, researchers sought to assess how psychological therapies might help people with anxiety disorders feel better by reducing their anxiety levels.
An evaluation of the effectiveness of the psychological intervention on anxiety and well-being levels among neurotic patients (n = 100) using a quasi-experimental study methodology (a nonequivalent control group design). Psychoeducation and easy relaxation techniques were used as psychological therapies.
According to the study results, there was no significant difference between the experimental and control groups at the pre-test, but at the post-test, there was a significant difference between the two groups as shown by the t values at the first post-test, which were t = 2.04 at P = 0.04, df = 98, at the third post-test, which was t = 6.32 at P = 0.001, df = 98, and the sixth post-test, was t = 11.03 at P = 0.001, df = 98. In addition, patients in the experimental group saw a 20.3% reduction in anxiety and a 23.0% improvement in well-being score, compared to just 1.4% and 2.4% in the control group, respectively, demonstrating the effectiveness of the psychological intervention.
The outcomes showed how crucial it was to raise patients’ awareness of their anxiety and their knowledge of how to handle it and get support. Nurses may be quite helpful in diagnosing and treating anxiety as well as teaching individuals how to avoid panic attacks. In comparison to control patients, the nurse-led intervention improved anxiety disorder patients’ perceived self-efficacy.