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distress

 [dĭ-stres´]
physical or mental anguish or suffering.
respiratory distress see adult respiratory distress syndrome and respiratory distress syndrome of newborn.
risk for spiritual distress a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as being at risk for an altered state of harmonious connectedness with all of life and the universe in which dimensions that transcend and empower the self may be disrupted.
spiritual distress
1. discomfort related to religious, intellectual, or cultural concerns.
2. a nursing diagnosis approved by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as disruption in the life principle that pervades a person's entire being and that integrates and transcends his or her biological and psychosocial nature. The person experiencing spiritual distress may express concern with the meaning of life and death, question the meaning of suffering or of his or her own existence, verbalize inner conflict about beliefs, express anger toward God or other Supreme Being (however defined), or actively seek spiritual assistance.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

dis·tress

(dis-tres'),
Mental or physical suffering or anguish.
[L. distringo, to draw asunder]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

distress

(dĭ-strĕs′)
n.
1. Anxiety or mental suffering.
2. Bodily dysfunction or discomfort caused by disease or injury.

dis·tress′ adj.
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dis·tress

(dis-tres')
Mental or physical suffering or anguish.
[L. distringo, to draw asunder]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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