Human beings are complex. Not only do we have a physical and emotional side, but all facets of our being are intertwined with each other. The emotional state affects the mental, and the mental influences the physical, and so on and so forth. Psychologists have grappled with these human complexities for centuries, proposing many theories along the way.
In the battle against chronic conditions, healthcare must introduce measures for behavior change. This is an uphill battle though. Patients struggle to stay engaged in their own health, in part because in the past they were not allowed an active role. Clinicians were the experts and patients let them make most of their health decisions.
Studies show that people living with chronic conditions benefit from human support in the form of online communities, where they can interact with peers and help each other achieve lasting change.