Psychologists who strive to understand how biological, behavioral, and social factors influence health and illness are called health psychologists. In the medical setting, health psychologists work with many different healthcare professionals who may include physicians, nurse, pharmacists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and even chaplains.

The goal of SIMED Health Psychology is to "focus on the person with the illness instead of the illness that the person has." Psychologists teach coping techniques. This is accomplished through cognitive therapy, family therapy and mostly assisting the patient in learning how to make adaptive choices that improve their own independent functioning and quality of life. Here are some examples of SIMED Health Psychology interventions:
  • Neuropsychological Assessment & Screening for Mental Status Changes Related to Aging, Trauma, and Medical Illness
  • Help to Manage and Cope with Chronic Disease
  • Help to Manage Your Pain
  • Psychotherapy for Anxiety/Depression Reactions to Chronic and Acute Medical Illness
  • Help to Avoid Preventable Disease
  • Assist in Workers Compensation Quality of Life Cases
  • Psychological Evaluations for Surgical Procedures such as Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials, Lap Band and Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Assist in Relaxation and Stress Management
  • Assess Patient Competency and/or Capacity to Make Health Care Decisions
  • Provide Post-Surgical Emotional Adjustment Assessment/Psychotherapy
  • Perform Social Security Disability Evaluations
The Providers of SIMED Health Psychology will assist patients with management of stress related to their medical condition. The goal is to enable our patients to develop effective coping mechanisms to dealing with their pain and related stressors. More importantly, we want to change the patients' response to their medical condition from passive, reactive or helpless, to being an active, resourceful and competent patient. We will work with you to promote behaviors that will improve your chances of recovering from your medical condition.
Health Related Stress
May 17, 2013

Ever wonder how health and stress effect each other or how they can be related? Southeastern's Health Psychology Bernie Marrero, PhD explains the differences of good stress and bad stress and how they effect our health.
Health Related Stress
"Stress is an ever-present part of our lives. Who doesn’t have stress? The answer: nobody. In fact, we need stress. That’s right. Without stress, we are prone to personal stagnation, passivity and loss of motivation. "Distress", on the other hand, is when we are emotionally overwhelmed, panicky and disorganized to handle even the most basic life demands. We do best when we experience “Eustress,” better known as good stress, because it optimizes our ability to cope with the emotional challenge of chronic stress.

As a Health Psychologist, my educational background, training and experience in medical care involves working with patients, enabling their ability to cope with chronic stress. That is, patients who are challenged by chronic pain, mental, physical as well as emotional changes related to a medical condition. It could be unrelenting chronic pain subsequent to orthopedic surgery, loss of mobility due to a stroke, or even complete loss of mobility and independent functioning due to a spinal cord injury.

One of my favorite patients is a quadriplegic who is wheelchair dependent with chronic pain and loss of mobility of both upper and lower extremities. Why is this one of my favorite patients? Because, in my role to enable adaptive coping, I have observed this patient learn to live with Eustress and avoid Distress. As a Health Psychologist, I continue to witness this remarkable tenacity of the human spirit to cope with health related stressors."

- Bernie Marreo, P.H.D. Psychologist at Southeastern Health Psychology

To learn more about ways you can cope with health related stress or to schedule an appointment with one of our Clinical Health Psychologists, contact Southeastern Health Psychology at (352) 332-9441 or request an appointment online.

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