The Relationship Between Physical Health and Psychology

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Too often, the mental aspects of the human being are separated from the physical aspects. A coherent relationship between the mental faculties and the physical faculties appear to have a very beneficial effect on the well-being of that person. The purpose of this essay is to examine the relationship between physical health and psychology. Certain lifestyle choices will be introduced into this argument to determine how they are affecting this relationship and what can be done to improve the situation. The relationship between psychological health and physical health has long been established. Even most medical doctors today warn against the dangers of mental stress that flows from overwork, chronic family conflict, unhealthy compensating or general maladjustment to the demands of life. Collingwood (2010) supported this idea as he noted how depression and health have a very tight bond. He wrote "people with depression often have worse physical health, as well as worse self-perceived health, than those without depression. Depression and other physical health conditions have separate but additive effects on well-being. For example, the combination of heart disease and depression can cause twice the reduction in social interaction than either condition alone. " The old saying that "stress kills" appears to be true and lifestyle is a one indicator of stress. A fast paced life built upon the abuse of substances and emotion are doomed to fail the physical body. A more relaxed
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