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Answers About Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine

Question: How is behavioral medicine used for psychological and emotional symptoms?

Answer: Psychological problems such as depression and anxiety often coexist with medical problems, and many of the symptoms of anxiety and depression are physical. Behavioral medicine is an effective treatment modality because it enables you to regain some control over your mental and emotional state and reduce your symptoms by changing your behavior. This may involve increases in exercise or activity, working on social relationships, changing nutrition or sleep habits, or examining your thought patterns. For people who canít or prefer not to take medication, behavioral medicine is an effective alternative. Behavioral medicine can also be used in addition to medication to increase the effectiveness of treatment and decrease the likelihood of symptoms returning in the future.

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