The Context and Management of Abnormal Illness Behavior

Many factors determine the intensity with which an individual experiences and responds to physical symptoms (Mechanic, 1975). Certainly, the magnitude of the stimulus is important, as is its duration. Its perceived seriousness, the degree to which it disrupts normal activity, and the knowledge, beliefs, and past experiences, of the patient are important determinants as well. Perhaps as a function of personal temperamental vulnerabilities, other contemporaneous factors in the patient's life, particularly aversive demands, current or anticipated stressors and perceived sources of available support, may more or less powerfully influence the relative weight accorded these symptoms in proportion to other life concerns. In most cases, the symptoms themselves determine the patient's presentation to the physician (and the collaboration that follows) much more than the other factors. The physician's experience and intuition often guides inquiry as the other factors come into play, but when they begin to predominate, more specialized methods are needed.

Constipation Prescription

Constipation Prescription

Did you ever think feeling angry and irritable could be a symptom of constipation? A horrible fullness and pressing sharp pains against the bladders can’t help but affect your mood. Sometimes you just want everyone to leave you alone and sleep to escape the pain. It is virtually impossible to be constipated and keep a sunny disposition. Follow the steps in this guide to alleviate constipation and lead a happier healthy life.

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