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(New page: {{ClinPsy}} '''Prophylaxis''' (Greek ''"προφυλάσσω"'' ''to guard or prevent beforehand'') is any medical or public health procedure whose purpose is to pre...)
 
 
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*[[Tricyclic antidepressants]] (TCAs) may, ''with caution'', be an example of a [[Chronic (medicine)|chronic]] migraine preventative (see [[Amitriptyline]] and [[Migraine#Preventive drugs|migraines' prevention by medicine]]).
 
*[[Tricyclic antidepressants]] (TCAs) may, ''with caution'', be an example of a [[Chronic (medicine)|chronic]] migraine preventative (see [[Amitriptyline]] and [[Migraine#Preventive drugs|migraines' prevention by medicine]]).
 
*[[Condom]]s are sometimes referred to as "prophylactics" because of their use to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of [[sexually transmitted disease]]s.
 
*[[Condom]]s are sometimes referred to as "prophylactics" because of their use to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of [[sexually transmitted disease]]s.
*Daily and moderate [[physical exercise]] in various forms can be called prophylactic because it can maintain or improve one's health. [[utility cycling|Cycling for transport]] appears to very significantly improve health by reducing risk of heart diseases, various cancers, muscular- and skeletal diseases and overall mortality<ref name=Anderson_2000>{{cite journal | author = Lars Bo Andersen et al. | title = All-cause mortality associated with physical activity during leisure time, work, sports, and cycling to work. | journal = Arch Intern Med. | year = 2000 | month = Jun | volume = 160 | issue = 11 | pages = 1621&ndash;8 | doi = 10.1001/archinte.160.11.1621 | pmid = 10847255}}</ref>.
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*Daily and moderate [[physical exercise]] in various forms can be called prophylactic because it can maintain or improve one's mental health.
   
 
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Prophylaxis (Greek "προφυλάσσω" to guard or prevent beforehand) is any medical or public health procedure whose purpose is to prevent, rather than treat or cure a disease. Roughly, prophylactic measures are divided between primary prophylaxis (to prevent the development of a disease) and secondary prophylaxis (whereby the disease has already developed and the patient is protected against worsening of this process).

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Some specific examples of prophylaxis of relevence to psychologists include:

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