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Class Notes November 4

Class Notes November 4 - November 4 2010 Health Psychology...

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November 4, 2010 Health Psychology The Field o Goal: understand how biological, behavioral, and social factors affect health o The bio psychological model: Biological factors Psychological factors Social Factors o Also referred to as “behavioral medicine” Some findings o Life style makes a difference o You interpretation of events is critical to your health o Depression is a stronger predictor of heart attack and poor recovery from one than is high cholesterol or smoking o Chronic stress can make you sick o You can control bodily functions like blood pressure o Social support o Pleasant surroundings help with recovery o Keeping a diary can boost your immune system’ Ranking of causes of death in the US 1. Heart disease 2. Cancer 3. Stroke 4. Chronic respiratory disease 5. Accidents 6. Type II diabetes 7. Flue and pneumonia 8. Alzheimer’s 9. Kidney Disease 10. Blood poisoning Direct Effects of Stress o Weakens immunity o Heart disease o Ulcers o
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