Stress and Health

  1. Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body.
  2. Psychophysiology is the branch of psychology that is concerned with the physiological bases of psychological processes.
  3. The biopsychosocial model posits that health is best understood in terms of a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors rather than purely in biological terms.
  4. Cardiovascular disease is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels. Such diseases include coronary artery diseases, stroke, hypertensive heart disease, endocarditis, aortic aneurysms, peripheral artery disease and venous thrombosis.
  5. Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm. Common symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
  6. A U.S. Long-Range Patrol team leader in Vietnam, 1968. The long-term medical consequence of PTSD among male veterans who served in the Vietnam War were almost twice as likely to die in the quarter of a century between the two key studies than those who did not have PTSD.

    A U.S. Long-Range Patrol team leader in Vietnam, 1968.

  7. Posttraumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events, such as major stress, sexual assault, warfare, or other threats on a person's life.