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behavioral medicine

combine knowledge of behavior and medicine and apply to health and disease

health psychology

psychology's contribution to behavioral medicine


perceive and respond to threatening/challenging events

general adaptation syndrome (GAS)

response to stress: alarm, resistance, exhaustion

type A

competitive, impatient, agressive

type B

easy-going, relaxed

more vulnerable to infection

effect of stress on health?


alleviating stress

problem-focused coping

alleviate stress by changing stressor

emotion-focuses coping

alleviate stress by avoiding/ignoring stressor

aerobic exercise

sustained exercise that may help stress


electronically record psychological state

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