Psychological Interventions for Chronic Health Disorders

PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS AND CHRONIC ILLNESS Most chronically ill patients achieve a fairly high quality of life. However, adverse effects of chronic disease and treatments have led health psychologists to develop psychological interventions to ameliorate these problems. Because anxiety and depression are intermittently high among chronically Read More …

How to Change Health Habits?

CHANGING HEALTH HABITS ATTITUDE CHANGE AND HEALTH BEHAVIOR. Educational Appeals –  Educational appeals make the assumption that people will change their health habits if they have good information about their habits. Early and continuing efforts to change health habits have focused heavily on education and Read More …

Major Chronic Health Problems

Chronic illness is the illness that persists for a long period. Chronic illnesses include many major chronic health problems and conditions. Four major chronic disorders: Heart disease. Hypertension. Stroke. Diabetes. All four involve the circulatory and/or metabolic system and often represent co-occurring disorders, especially in Read More …

Personal Issues in Chronic Health Disorders

Chronic health disorders is an illness that persists for a long period. Chronic health disorders include many major diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. In addition to fully understand reactions to chronic illness requires a consideration of the self, its Read More …

Health Promoting Behaviors

Health promoting behaviors, including exercise, accident prevention, cancer prevention, healthy diet, and sleep. Each of these important  behaviors has been related to at least one major cause of illness and death in industrialized countries. EXERCISE- Health promoting behaviors. Exercise helps to maintain mental and physical Read More …

Sources of Stress – Individual, Family, Society and Environment

What is Stress? Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension.  Lazarus and Launier (1978), regarded stress as a transaction between people and the environment. They described stress in terms of person–environment fit. For example – It is waiting to take a test when you are Read More …

Quality of life and Health Behaviors.

Quality of Life and Health Behavior The World Health Organization (WHO) defines quality of life as ‘a broad ranging concept affected in a complex way by the person’s physical health, psychological state, level of independence, social relationships and their relationship to the salient features in Read More …

Health Compromising Behaviors – Obesity, Smoking & Drinking.

Health-compromising behaviors are the behaviors practiced by people that undermine or harm their current or future health. It refers as the use of cigarettes, alcohol, and illicit drugs. The effect of these behaviors on preterm births was considered for each substance individually, and in combination. CHARACTERISTICS Read More …

What is Quality of life (QoL)? It’s Definitions, Components, Importance, etc

Definition of  Quality of Life(QoL)  The World Health Organization (WHO) defines quality of life as ‘a broad ranging concept affected in a complex way by the person’s physical health, psychological state, level of independence, social relationships and their relationship to the salient features in their Read More …

Community Mental Health in India

Definition of Health World Health Organization (WHO) – ‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity’. Definition of Mental Health American Psychological Association (APA) – ‘Mental health is a state of mind characterized Read More …

Emotional Responses to Chronic Illness

Emotional Responses to Chronic Illness – Denial, Anxiety & Depression Chronic Illness: Healthy people tend to take their health for granted. When a serious illness or injury occurs, their daily activities and social roles are disrupted. Moreover, chronic Illness usually require that patients and their Read More …

What is Biopsychosocial Model of Health?

Before we understand Biopsychosocial Model of Health, we need to understand The Biomedical Model. The Biomedical Model reduces illness to low-level processes such as disordered cells and chemical imbalances, Fails to recognize social and psychological processes as powerful influences over bodily estates—assumes a mind-body dualis. Read More …