12 terms

PAS: AP Psych. Ch. 14. Stress & Health

Behavioral medicine
An interdisciplinary field that integrates behavioral and medical knowledge and applies that knowledge to health and disease.
The process by which we perceive and respond to certain events, called stessors, that we appraise as threatening or challenging.
Type B
Friedman and Rosenman's term for easygoing, relaxed people.
Aerobic exercise
Sustained exercise that increases heart and lung fitness; may also alleviate depression and anxiety.
General adaptation syndrome (GAS)
Seyle's concept that the body responds to stress with alarm, resistance and exhaustion.
Coronary heart disease
The clogging of the vessels that nourish the heart muscle; the leading cause of death in many developed countries.
Psycho-physiological illness
Literally, "mind-body" illness; any stress-related physical illness, such as hypertension and some headaches.
A system for electronically recording, amplifying, and feeding back information regarding a subtle physiological state, such as blood pressure of muscle tension.
Health Psychology
A subfield of psychology that provides psychology's contribution to behavioral medicine.
Type A
Friedman and Rosenman's term for competitive, hard-driving, impatient, verbally aggressive, and anger-prone people.
The two types of white blood cells that are part of the body's immune system: B lymphocytes form in the b one marrow and release antibodies that fight bacterial infections; T lymphocytes form in the t hymus and other lymphatic tissue and attack cancer cells, viruses, and foreign substances.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
As yet unproven health care treatments intended to supplement (complement) or serve as alternatives to conventional medicine, and which typically are not widely taught in medical schools, used in hospitals, or reimbursed by insurance companies. When research shows a therapy to be safe and effective, it usually then becomes part of accepted medical practice.