Health psychology is concerned with understanding how biological, psychological, environmental and cultural factors are involved in physical health and the prevention of illness. According to one study (Mokdad et al., 2004) nearly half of all deaths in the United States can be linked to behaviors or other risk factors that are mostly preventable.
Some illnesses that are related to psychological or behavioral factors including:
- Heart disease
- Birth defects and infant mortality
- Infectious diseases
You can find help to examine how factors such as heredity, behavioral choices, perception, self-care, and social connections influence your mental and physical health and wellness. This involves thinking about prevention as well as managing disease.
Dr. Schwerzler values collaboration with other health care professionals. This may include working with primary care physicians, acupuncturists, dietitians, chiropractors, massage therapists and anyone else who may be working with you regarding your health.
Here are examples of issues that this approach is likely to assist with:
- Pain Management
- Stress reduction
- Weight management
- Smoking cessation
- Improving daily nutrition
- Reducing risky sexual behaviors
- Hospice care and grief counseling for terminal patients