Also known as Health Psychology or Behavioural Medicine.
Medical psychology applies findings from the field of psychology to patient treatment. Medical psychologists can help treat mental illnesses, as well as the behavioural and psychological aspects of physical diseases. Only recently has the impact the mind can have on the body begun to be explored from a scientific perspective, and the more we find out about the brain, the more we realise how intricately connected physical and mental health really are.
Medical Psychologists help people manage symptoms such as pain, as well as helping them deal with the shock and depression that can often come alongside a diagnosis with a physical illness. They may offer cognitive behavioural or drug therapy alongside a patient’s regular treatment to offer them the best chance of recovery, or for a chronic illness, of living a full and happy life despite their limitations.
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