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psych dale ch. 17


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behavioral medicine
an interdisciplinary field that integrates behavioral and medical knowledge and applies that knowledge to health and disease
health psychology
a subfield of psychology that provides psychology's contribution to behavioral medicine
the process by which we percieve and respond to certain events (stressors) that we appraise as threatening or challenging
general adaptation syndrome (GAS)
Selye's concept of the body's adaptive response to stress in 3 stages: alarm, resistance, exhaustion
physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion brought on by persisten job-related stress
coronary heart disease
the clogging of the vessels that nourish the heart muscle; the leading cause of death in US
Type A
Friedman and Rosenman's term for competitive, hard-driving, impatient, verbally agressive, and anger-prone people
Type B
Friedman and Rosenman's term for easygoing, relaxed people
psychophysiological illness
"mind-body" illness; any stress-related physical illness (i.e. headaches)
two types of white blood cells that are part of the body's immune system
B lymphocytes
form in the bone marrow and release antibodies that fight bacterial infections
T lymphocytes
form in the thymus and, among other duties, attack cancer cells, viruses, and foreign substances

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