Mental Health Care and Its Relationship to General Medical-Surgical Care of the Future
A patient reacts with excessive anxiety and depression to a hospitalization for an illness. In the hospital he (she) must ultimately rely for his well-being on his physician and the hospital staff. This patient, however, cannot tolerate not being in total charge of his life and not being able to control his own destiny. His main psychological “flaw” is that he is afraid of being dependent on anybody. He finds it difficult to trust others. With each day in the hospital, where one is never more like a child and more dependent, he becomes more depressed and anxious. He becomes frustrated and angry as well at his physician and the hospital staff, but he wishes to be a “good patient” so he keeps his feelings to himself. In fact, his depression and anxiety are hardly noticeable to others. His body is quite aware of them, however, and his condition worsens as his emotions exert a negative effect on the course of his aillness. Fortunately, with the help of a mental health team his physician calls in this patient is able to partially resolve his fear of dependency that is at the core of his depression, anxiety, and anger. His condition mow gradually improves and he is discharged fron the hospital.
KeywordsMental Health Mental Health Care Peptic Ulcer Disease Medical Utilization Mental Health Team
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