Psychological factors in illness
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In the Þrst chapter, we considered the nature and assumptions of the medical model and the biopsychosocial model applied to health. Essentially, we saw that the medical model focused on physical causes for health problems (e.g. germs, genes and chemicals) and advocated physical treatments as a result (e.g. drugs). The mind here is considered in physical terms (i.e. as the brain) and thus treating the brain is no different from treating the mind. The biopsychosocial model of health Þlls a gap in this process by showing how biological, psychological and social factors all interact in health. Whether this involves the issue of mind here remains a controversial issue. At the very least, this model allows for the possibility that non-physical factors inßuence our health. This issue remains one of the great challenges in health psychology.