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1 Stress Stress and Illness Stress and Stressors Stress and the Heart Stress and the Susceptibility to  Disease
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2 Stress Psychological states cause physical illness.  Stress  is  any circumstance that may be real or perceived and  threatens one’s well-being. When severe stress is felt it impairs our ability to cope with it. Lee Stone/ Corbis
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3 Stress and Causes of Death Prolonged stress – together with unhealthy behaviors  – can increase our risk for today's four leading  diseases.
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4 Behavioral Medicine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) proclaim that half  of the deaths in the US are due to people’s behaviors  (smoking, alcoholism, unprotected sex, insufficient  exercise, drugs and poor nutrition). Psychologists and physicians have thus developed an  interdisciplinary field of  behavioral medicine  that  integrates behavioral and medical knowledge.
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Health Psychology Health psychology  is a field of psychology that  contributes to behavioral medicine. The field studies  stress-related aspects of disease and asks: 1. How do emotions and personality factors influence  risk of disease? 2. What attitudes and behaviors prevent illness and  promote health and well-being? 3.
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2010 for the course PSYCH 100 taught by Professor Matchock,robert during the Spring '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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