The goal of health psychology is to help people address the psychological components of health and well-being.
- Adjustment to Serious Illness – A poor adjustment has been shown to cause physical deterioration, depression, reduced confidence and changes in attitudes and health beliefs.
- Lifestyle Change – Changing poor health behaviors (smoking, poor diet, failure to exercise) leads to greater wellness and reduces the risk of disease.
- Better Coping with Chronic Illness – Illness can affect relationships, self-esteem, stress levels, happiness, and beliefs.
- Managing Pain – Pain results from the interaction of physical and psychological influences on the spinal cord. Psychological treatments can reduce and/or eliminate pain.
- Managing Stress – Stress has been shown to cause fatigue, burnout, and illness.
- Adherence to Treatment – Failing to adhere to medical advice may not be a conscious decision by a patient. Exploring the barriers to complying with medical advice and discovering ways to overcome these barriers can lead to better disease management and a great sense of control over one’s health.