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  Linking Social & Behavioral Sciences with Biology Jessica Kitchen EPI 6181 Wednesday, April 2, 2008  Overview  Description of Psychosomatics  History & Background Information  Theoretical Approaches  Introduction to Mind-Body  The Mind  The Limbic System  The Mind-Body Pathway  Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPA)  Sympathetic-Adrenal-Medulla Axis (SAM)  Link between Social Status & Physiological Responses  Psychosomatics  Psychosomatics = A branch of psychiatry that looks at the relationship between emotional and physical health: can feelings & emotions influence physical health?  Psychosomatic: „psyche‟ = soul and  „soma‟ = body    Background Information  Hysteria ãSeen as an “imaginary disease”    ã In Greek hysteria = uterus ã Believed the uterus could detach and move throughout the body and hysterical symptoms would emanate from wherever the uterus was lodged  By the 17th & 18th centuries the disorder was recognized as being associated with emotional causation
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