Health psychology

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Brief summary - Health psychology

Health pyschology is the study of pyschological and behavioral processes in health, illness, and healthcare. It is concerned with understanding how pyschological, behavioral, and cultural factors contribute to physical health and illness. pyschological factors can affect health directly. For example, chronically occurring environmental stressors affecting the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis, cumulatively, can harm health. Behavioral factors can also affect a person's health. For example, certain behaviors can, over time, harm (smoking or consuming excessive amounts of alcohol) or enhance health (engaging in exercise). Health pyschologists take a biopsychosocial approach. In other words, health pyschologists understand health to be the product not only of biological processes (e.g., a v.

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