Psychological Disturbances in Adults with Chronic Physical Illness

  • Pamela Taylor


A growing population of chronically sick people is the inevitable result of the largely successful management of acute illness without the ability to produce a complete cure. There is no doubt that chronic physical illness is a major cause of psychiatric disorder, which in turn may prevent maximum possible physical recovery. Wishnie et al. (1971) found that 38 per cent of their patients, who had survived a myocardial infarction 6 months to a year previously, remained handicapped and had not returned to work for psychological rather than somatic reasons. Linder and Curtis (1974) point out that in haemodialysis patients, psychological and social problems are leading causes of morbidity. For successful management of these problems it is not sufficient merely to acknowledge a general relationship between somatic disorders and complicating psychological disturbances. The specific relationship between the type of disease, the individual patient and his environment must be considered.


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