Theories of Psychoneuroimmunology
How do you know if your current health problems are related to stress? The truth is no one fully understands how stress impacts the immune or neurological systems. What is known is that chronic stress may increase blood pressure (Kulkarni et al., 1998) and alter the digestive system (Mayer et al., 2001).
Psychoneuroimmunology is a relatively new scientific field that seeks to understand the relationship between the mind, the nervous system, and the immune system. Stress is a key factor in this complex relationship. By understanding the psychoneuroimmunological models, you are better equipped to implement effective stress management techniques.