Mind Affects Body, Body Affects Mind
- 4 As much as 85% of physician visits are for problems that have a significant psychological and/or behavioral component, such as chronic illnesses. For example, research has shown a connection between depression and osteoporosis and even cancer (Stress Found to Weaken Resistance to Illness Washington Post, Dec. 22, 2003).
- 4 Mental and behavioral health care plays a significant role in the prevention of the 15 leading causes of death in the United States. Including heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, diabetes, kidney and liver disease, hypertension, accidents, suicide, assault/homicide (Center for Disease Control, 2005)
- 4 Thoughts, attitudes, and emotions can accelerate the onset of heart disease, as well as get in the way of taking positive steps to improve one’s health. (American Psychological Association, 2004)
- 4 Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely as individuals without diabetes to have serious psychological distress (McVeight, et al, 2003).
- 4 Depression is prevalent in approximately 20% of cancer patients and may impede treatment and recovery. Children and caregivers of cancer patients may also suffer with depression (NIH, 2009).
- 4 A study of patients with heart disease found that psychological interventions can reduce the risk of further cardiac events by 75% compared to those given only medical care and medication (Sobel, 2000).
- 4 Psychological interventions centered around positive health behaviors are associated with lower cholesterol levels and healthier blood pressure and body weight in elderly patients (Fries et al., 1993).
- 4 Hospitals that integrated psychology into primary care showed a 27% reduction in hospital admissions and bed days over a twelve-year period (Health Partners Study, 1997).
- 4 Eighty-eight percent (88%) of the public, in a national survey, believe that mental health services should be available to everyone and that their health care system should treat the entire person including one’s mental well-being. (W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 1999).
- 4 Ninety percent (90%) of those surveyed believe that good psychological health plays a role in maintaining good physical health (Penn & Schoen poll, May 1995).
- 4 The provision of psychological services to high frequency Medicaid users resulted in a 36% reduction in their Medicaid utilization after one year (Pallak, et al., 1995).
As cited by the American Psychological Association