October 2, 2018

Health Psychology

Posted in Mindfulness, Well-being tagged , , at 11:54 am by kellyfdennis

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(From the “Whatispsychology” website):

Health psychology can be defined as the study of how biological, environmental, psychological and sociocultural factors influence health, healthcare and illness.

Instead of adopting a strictly biological view of illness, health psychologists recognize that many forms of illnesses, such as cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, and cancer, are triggered and/or exacerbated by psychological and social factors. They therefore embrace a biopsychosocial view of illness – biological factors include inherited conditions, personality characteristics and physiological make-up; psychological factors involve one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours;  and social factors may include one’s level of social support as well as family and cultural values.

October is health psychology month. I’ll be sending articles your way about the intersection of illness and psychology. The mind-body connection is strong!

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