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interdisciplinary field that integrates behavioral and medical knowledge and applies that knowledge to health and disease
subfield of psychology that provides psychology's contribution to behavioral medicine
process by which we percieve and respond to certain events, called stressors, that we appraise as threatening or challenging
general adaptation syndrome (GAS)
hans selye's concept of the body's adaptive response to stress in 3 stages alarm, resistance and exhaustion (ARE)
coronary heart disease
clogging of the vessels that nourish heart muscle; leading cause of death in many developed countries
Friedman and rosenman's term for competitive, hard driving, impatient, verbally aggressive and anger prone people
literally "mind body" illness; any stress related physical illness, such as hypertension and some headaches
form in the thymus and other lymphatic tissue and attack cancer cells, viruses and foreign substances
problem focused coping
attempting to alleviate stress directly by changing the sressor or the way we interact with that stressor
emotion focused coping
attempting to alleviate stress by avoiding or ignoring a stressor and attending to emotional needs related to one's stress reaction
sustained exercise that increases heart and lung fitness; may also alleviate depression and anxiety
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