The Psychology of Health ebook is a fascinating insight into the connection between psychological and physical health. This ebook is a great read for anyone who is interested in understanding more about this topic for their own personal interest, psychology students or as a compliment for anyone studying health.
Psychology and health are intricately intertwined. Our physical health can impact on our mental health and vice-versa. There are many examples of links between mental health and physical health problems which are not only detrimental to the individual’s quality of life, but which put strain on health care services and the wellbeing of society as a whole. This book explores the complex relationship between health and psychology and the ways that understanding this relationship and good management of it can lead to healthier lifestyles.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 HOW A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CAN IMPACT ON PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
Definitions of health
Stress & health
What happens to the body when we exercise?
Diet and nutrition
Acute and chronic stress
CHAPTER 2 MENTAL DISORDERS - SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Definitions of mental disorder
Role of the clinician
Types of symptoms
Signs & symptoms of disorders
CHAPTER 3 PHYSICAL ILLNESSES WITH A MENTAL DIMENSION
Psychological factors in physical illness
What is a psychosomatic illness?
Psychological factors in accidents & illness
Immune system & health
Stress & the immune system
Stress associated with physical illnesses
Psychological response to injury or disease
Personality and attitudes
Chronic physical illnesses with mental health associations
CHAPTER 4 MENTAL PROBLEMS & DISORDERS WITH A PHYSICAL DIMENSION
Effect of hormones on mood states
Patient’s emotional reaction to physical illness
The importance of sleep
CHAPTER 5 THE ROLE OF PSYCHOLOGY IN MANAGING PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ILLNESSES
Factors affecting psychological & physical health
Traditional medical interventions
Helping people with transition - what can we do to help ourselves?
What can we do to improve our mental health?
CHAPTER 6 PROVIDING BETTER HEALTH SERVICES
Towards better health care services
Impact of health psychology
Raising public awareness
Providing better pubic access to health care
Wider recognition of health relationships
CHAPTER 7 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE HEALTH INDUSTRY
Opportunities working in health