Category Archives: Health Psychology

Applying psychological theories and methods in order to understand those factors which help people to remain healthy, cope with their illnesses or recover from them.

Infographic – Occupational Therapists 101

old man and woman with dogOccupational therapy is a holistic type of healthcare that focuses on maintaining, recovering, or improving patient skills to ensure they are able to perform meaningful activities throughout their life. More common practices include assisting children who have disabilities, helping recovering patients regain skills, and helping the elderly who are experiencing physical and mental changes.

Occupational therapy dates back to ancient times when treatments such as therapeutic baths were used as an alternate form of medicine. But it wasn’t until WWI that occupational therapy started to become standard practice in the medical field. Continue reading

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7 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

child eating fruit

The playful lure of unhealthy fast food restaurants and the financial restrictions of school lunch programs have made it absolutely essential that children eat nutritious food at home. But as any parent is well aware, this is much easier said than done. How can concerned parents help their kids to eat healthier foods? Check out these 7 clever tips: Continue reading

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Full Recovery from Schizophrenia? Post #1 – Essential Factors that Support Recovery

Full recovery from SchizophreniaThis is the first of a series of blog postings related to my own series of research studies (my doctoral research at Saybrook University; Williams, 2011) of people who have made full and lasting medication-free recoveries after being diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. This is very exciting research because it is one of the few areas within psychological research that remains almost entirely wide open. One reason it is so wide open is that most Westerners don’t believe that such recovery is possible, in spite of significant evidence to the contrary. Since there are some very hopeful findings that have emerged within this research, I want to begin this series of postings by summing up one particularly hopeful aspect of my own research, which is a group of five factors that emerged which are considered to have been the most important factors in my participants’ recovery process. But before looking more closely at these factors, we should back up for a minute… Continue reading

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