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What is health psychology and how does it help with stress effect on health?

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Dr. Keith Rafal answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Health Psychology is: Health psychology is the study of how our mental/emotional states impact our overall health. Through a better understanding of this important relationship we can devise different strategies to promote health and wellbeing. There is already a lot of research and a recognition of the impact stress has on our physiology and health on many levels.

Answered 5/16/2016


Dr. Fred Gallo answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Health psychology: Health psychology focuses on the psychological, behavioral, and cultural factors involved in health and illness. With regard to stress, thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and environmental factors are involved, and HP involves addressing these factors, including changing beliefs, dissipating distressing thoughts, relaxation techniques, exercise, healthy diet, environmental changes, etc.

Answered 11/27/2017


Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Emotional management: Health psychology focuses on the emotional issues that are invoked by such conditions as diabetes, heart troubles, cancers, and other serious if not life-threatening physical ailments. People find these to be over whelming to deal with, &often do notdo what is necessary to take proper care of themselves. People often are unaware of this and need to be educated about emotional issues such as these.

Answered 3/8/2015



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