Behavioral Medicine is a specialty area within the field of psychology that primarily focuses on utilizing psychological and behavior change principles to improve physical health, reduce symptoms of illness, and prevent illness.
Health psychologists specially trained in primary care psychology work with clients to develop and implement healthier lifestyle choices, learn relaxation and stress reduction techniques, improve coping skills, adjust to medical issues, prepare for surgery, and adhere to treatment programs.
Numerous medical conditions and problems are either caused by or worsened by emotional factors and lifestyle choices. For example, stress and depression can lead to insomnia, increased pain, appetite and weight changes, or increased alcohol or substance use.
Some of the medical conditions that often respond well to behavioral medicine interventions include:
Our health psychologists employ numerous techniques and approaches to help clients improve their health and overall well-being. Some of the tools and techniques they employ include CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia,) Biofeedback, stress management training, and mindfulness-based illness management.
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To download a free brochure about chronic illness and depression from the National Institute of Mental Health, CLICK HERE.