As the field of Mind-Body psychology began to evolve in the
1980s, there were many publications and books written which
described how our emotional state affects our bodily functioning.
We have known for a long time that stress can be manifest in the
body in a number of forms. These include headaches, stomach
distress, muscular tension, fatigue, and increased blood pressure
among others. As research began to look at the effects of stress
and other negative emotional states on the body's ability to fight
off illness it became quite clear that chronic stress, anxiety, and
depression had the ability to suppress immune function.
It was a natural extension of this literature that led to
examining the roles of emotional influences on the development and
treatment of cancer. It was quite easy to see that chronic levels
of anxiety and depression could interfere with treatment in a
variety of ways. Anxiety about treatment, as well as the lack of
motivation inherent in clinical levels of depres...
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