Describe a positive-feedback loop whereby post-surgical pain and activation of the neurohormonal str

Describe a positive-feedback loop whereby post-surgical pain and activation of the neurohormonal stress axes interact with one another and lead to increase pain/suffering, slower wound healing, and medical complications. Answers need to include the specific stress axes, active physiological processes, and the approximate brain structures involved in this feedback loop. As a hospital’s staff Health Psychologist, what would you propose to reduce the likelihood of such positive-feedback scenarios at your facility?Psychologists and other behavioral medicine specialists are often the “providers of last resort†in the treatment of chronic illnesses. Do you think this is appropriate? Describe a situation in which it might be acceptable or even desirable that behavioral medicine interventions be the last-ditch solution, and one in which the trajectory of illness might have been very different had behavioral medicine been included earlier.

 

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