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Chp 14

Stress and Health

Behavioral medicine an interdisciplinary field that integrates behavioral and medical knowledge and applies that knowlege to health and disease
Health psychology subfield of psychology that provides psychology's contribution to behavioral medicine
Stress process by which we perceive and respond to certain events, called stressors, that we appraise as threatening or challenging.
General adaptation syndrome Selye's concept of the body's adaptive response to stress in three stages- alarm, resistance, exhaustion
Coronary heart disease clogging of the vessels that nourish the heart muxcle; the leading cause of death in many developed countries
Type A Friedman and Rosenman's term for competitive, hard-driving, impatient, verbally aggressive, and anger-prone people
Type B Friedman and Rosenman's term for easygoing, relaxed posenman's term for easygoing, relaxed peeople
Psychophysiologica illness literally, mind-body illness; any stress-related physical illness, such as hypertension and some headaches
Lymphocytes Two types of white blood cells that are part of the body's immune system: B lymphocyte form in the bone marrow and release antibodies that fight bacterial infections; T lymphocytes form in the thymus and attack cancer cells & viruses (foreign things)
erobic exercise sustained exercise that increases heart and lung fitness; may also alleviate depression and anxiety
Biofeedback a system for electronically recording, amplifying, and feeding back information regarding a subtle physiological state, such as blood pressure or muscle tension
Created by: ms.mhill