Health Psychology

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      Healthy, well-adjusted people after having emotionally challenging experiences, can carry unprocessed emotions for many decades, be it childhood angst, conflicts with family and friends, or remorse over missteps and lost opportunities.  During several scientific studies, researchers asked participants to write about a disturbing experience for 15 to 20 minutes a day for […]


Don Morris, MD a researcher at the University of Michigan’s Neuropsychiatric Institute conducted a study involving 62 nursing students and 17 student pilots were interviewed for 30 minutes to determine the presence of emotional instability.   The groups were followed for 12-18 months and 4-6 months respectively.    The nursing students were experiencing some emotional stress […]


      I can vividly recall my first contact with a dying patient. It happened in September, 1975, during my psychiatry rotation in my second year of medical school at Duke University. I was asked to interview a depressed woman who had terminal malignant melanoma.   She was only a few years older than […]


    Music therapy, the use of music in a health care setting is a rapidly growing technique throughout many hospitals in the US. It is clinical and evidence based use of music interventions   Children, teens, adults and seniors and a wide variety of physical disabilities, acute and chronic pain and mothers in labor […]


The anxiety that often accompanies a chronic illness can gradually diminish the quality of life and make patients less likely to follow their treatment plan.  Anxiety often remains unrecognized or untreated among patients with a chronic illness. Exercise training may help improve anxiety symptoms among patients Regular exercise can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety, a […]


I’ve always suspected that violent video games were unhealthy to the mental health and well-being of children playing them.   New research in the field of video games investigated how violent games affect the emotional behavior of children and how it impacts their response to life events.    Playing video games that are violent, for […]


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a form of “energy medicine,” a psychological form of acupressure (without needles), that’s based on  our growing awareness of the connection between our body and it’s electromagnetic field, also called, “subtle energies,” your emotions, and your health. EFT has been reported successful in thousands of cases covering a huge range […]


Children with asthma, hypnosis can help to reduce symptoms including habit coughing, unexplained sensations of breathing difficulty and reducing a child’s discomfort during medical procedures.   Ran D. Anbar, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, NY, recommends hypnosis as a treatment option when a child’s respiratory symptoms appear to have […]


Researchers at Ohio State University, who’ve previously conducted landmark research on the mind-body connection, Dr. Jane Kiecolt-Glaser and her associates, conducted a study to determine the stress reduction benefits of hatha yoga, and its chemical pathways.    They compared inflammation and endocrine chemical levels, in experienced yoga practitioners and novices before during and after a […]


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