Obstructive Sleep Apnea, OSA, is a very highly widespread and underdiagnosed disease (Kerner & Roose, 2016). The ailment can affect the person and the people around the affected individual immensely. When one takes the time to diagnose a case of OSA it can be helped and treated. Many different factors should be taken into account when dealing with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, including the psychological perspective it falls under, the research methods used to investigate it, the positive and negative components of the condition, and the controversies associated with it.
Psychological Perspective Psychology is an immense, widely varied, and diverse field of study. Over the years, the field of psychology has grown, and so have the vast topics the field examines and studies. A few major perspectives of psychology are psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and biological (Cherry, 2016). Of these areas, OSA can fit under the biological perspective. Obstructive Sleep Apnea suitably relates to this category since it is largely a result of our biological, or physical, makeup.
The biological perspective includes genetics and their effects on an individual and also the brain. This perspective stresses the physical and biological foundations of behavior (Cherry, 2016). Studies have shown that genetic factors cause the underlying susceptibility to OSA (Kant, Gupta, Natu, Chand, & Singh, 2010). OSA has also been linked to depression. The disease is one of many independent risk