Mind, body and heart: Psychotherapy and the relationship between mental and physical health

Bambling, Matthew (2006) Mind, body and heart: Psychotherapy and the relationship between mental and physical health. Psychotherapy in Australia, 12 2: 54-61.

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Author Bambling, Matthew
Title Mind, body and heart: Psychotherapy and the relationship between mental and physical health
Journal name Psychotherapy in Australia
ISSN 1323-0921
Publication date 2006-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 54
End page 61
Total pages 8
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Pyschotherapy in Australia
Subject 380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Abstract A mounting body of research confirms the clinical wisdom that mental health affects physical health. Recent psychophysiological research has unraveled some of the mechanisms by which mental health problems and general life stress may cause physical diseases such as coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disorders. Encouraging news for the mental health practitioner is that the sum of research findings suggests that psychological treatment not only improves psychological symptoms, but can have an independent effect on physical health and disease. The mind-body connection appears so significant that the use of psychological techniques can even reduce the risk of most major diseases. Matthew Bambling draws on recent research and behavioural medicine to illustrate how depression and anxiety influence physiological processes with particular reference to coronary heart disease. An evaluation is undertaken of how psychotherapy and psychological interventions can influence not only mental health, but also physical health through reduction of the stress response and associated endocrine function. The implications of these findings for clinical practice are explored.
Keyword Psychotherapy
Mental health
Clinical practice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Citation: Bambling, Matthew (2006) Mind, Body and Heart: Psychotherapy and the Relationship between Mental and Physical Health, Psychotherapy in Australia 12 (2): 54-61.

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Created: Wed, 22 Nov 2006, 10:00:00 EST by Matthew Bambling on behalf of School of Medicine