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The Biopsychosocial model was first conceptualized by George Engel in 1977, suggesting that to understand a person's medical condition it is not simply the biological factors to consider, but also the psychological and social factors.

Behaviorism is a theory of learning based on the idea that all behaviors are acquired through conditioning, and conditioning occurs through interaction with the environment. Behaviorists believe that our actions are shaped by environmental stimuli.

Humanistic psychology is a perspective that emphasizes looking at the whole person, and the uniqueness of each individual. Humanistic psychology begins with the existential assumptions that people have free will and are motivated to achieve their potential and self-actualize.

Looking at psychology through the lens of Evolution Theory can provide some interesting perspectives about ourselves, and some of the decisions we might be making. However, it’s not required to accept the entire theory of evolution or natural selection to understand the results and implications of evolutionary psychology.

Do you sometimes have sudden attacks of anxiety and overwhelming fear that last for several minutes? Maybe your heart pounds. You sweat. You feel like you can’t breathe or think clearly. Do these attacks occur at unpredictable times with no apparent trigger, causing you to worry about the possibility of having another one at any time?

Social anxiety disorder is an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. This fear can affect work, school, and other daily activities. It can even make it hard to make and keep friends. In a collaborative medicine environment, it can even impact our medical treatment. The good news is social anxiety disorder is treatable. We all should learn more about the symptoms of social anxiety disorder and how to find help. 

The information in this article should help reduce common stress and anxiety sometimes experienced by the Health Guardian, and help you discover what can be done to cope. Life can be stressful—you may feel stressed about performance at school, traumatic events such as a pandemic, a natural disaster, or an act of violence, or a life change. Everyone feels stress from time to time.

For this article we have invited a special guest, Dr. Linda, to discuss anxiety, the impact it has on our health, and to better understand the difference between common anxiety and anxiety disorders. We have all experienced some form of anxiety at one time or another.