School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)
anxiety, biopsychosocial, biopsychosociospiritual, holistic, counselor self-care
Walker, Sherri Ann, "How Utilizing an Online Holistic Social Media Group Impacts Symptoms and Quality of Life in Individuals with Anxiety" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3370.
The continuum between health and illness is a dynamic state influenced by stress. People are complex beings designed with interrelated parts composing a unique whole. Stress's disruption in the homeostatic balance can result in disease states in the body, mind, soul, and relationships. Panic disorder is one of these manifestations. This disorder causes physical and cognitive symptoms which impair quality of life. Although evidence-based treatments exist for panic disorder, barriers are evident for effective dissemination. This phenomenological study explored the experience of six individuals with anxiety disorder in a 30-day holistic, online social media group. Throughout the study, interviews and surveys will be conducted to assess symptom reduction and increased quality of life indicators. The group was conducted according to a BPSS model. Activities were derived from a mindfulness foundation and included exercise (walking), journaling (writing), spiritual mindfulness (worshipping) and relationship (witnessing) in online support of a group setting. It was expected that utilizing a holistic, online social media group would decrease anxiety disorder symptoms and increase the quality of life in these individuals.