illness behavior


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illness behavior

the manner in which individuals monitor the structure and functions of their own bodies, interpret symptoms, take remedial action, and make use of health care facilities.

illness behavior

Any of the ways in which an individual acts or reacts to his or her own illness or the illness of a family member. Common reactions include frustration, anxiety, denial, anger, and withdrawal.
See also: behavior
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However, from the clinical point of view, it seems more important to recognize whether specific manifestations of psychological suffering and illness behavior exist in relation to otologic symptoms in order to provide specific psychological and psychopharmacologic therapy.
Health complaints appear to be strongly influenced by psychological variables, and illness behavior is often assessed rather than illness itself.
Finally, the consequences of these various factors--societally determined level of health risk exposure, culturally determined health and illness behavior, and the interaction between societal factors and health and illness behavior--combine to produce observed morbidity and mortality differentials across race groups.
A new study by Neil Harrison and colleagues published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that a brain reward center, the striatum, may be directly affected by inflammation and that striatal change is related to the emergence of illness behaviors.
They discuss health promotion needs assessment, including public health, epidemiological tools, health and illness behaviors, and promotion through the lifespan; promotion methods through one-to-one communication, with groups, and through mass and print media, electronic media and the Internet, and advocacy; community, health-facility, workplace, pediatric, and institutional settings; and implementation, management, training, organizational change, improvements in services, evaluation, and reflection.
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Their illness behaviors have been criminalized and deemed "illegal" because they live in the community, not in a medical facility.
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