spiritual distress

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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.

spiritual distress

Disruption in the life principle that pervades a person’s entire being and that integrates and transcends one’s biological and psychosocial nature.

risk for spiritual distress

At risk for an altered sense of integration with life and the universe in which dimensions that transcend and empower the self may be disrupted.
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The sample mean on spiritual distress was 35.1 (SD = 9.67) on a scale of 17 to 68, 10 points above the minimum distress level needed to qualify for the study.
The hope is that nurses will use this information in the recognition and treatment of spiritual needs or spiritual distress in children and their families.
experience of spiritual distress. Nursing Diagnosis, 7, 81-91.
These bodies are operating mainly among the Jewish population which is under physical, social and spiritual distress," said the proposal.
Unresolved issues at the mind, body, interpersonal, and emotional levels can result in spiritual distress and clinically significant religious and spiritual impairment (Hill & Kilian, 2003; Smith, 1995).
Perhaps there are also agnostics whose skepticism or spiritual distress may be relieved by assurance that the Book of Jonah is a wonderfully imaginative moral tale, that searches for relics of Noah's Ark are an unnecessary effort, and that Adam, Eve, and the six days plus one are extracted from a work of art and not a parish register of Eden.
'Spiritual distress is a real condition, it can be emotional and psychological and results from a patient's health or the medical news they have received.
Rather, I would describe my viewing experience as aesthetic and spiritual distress over having been exposed to prolonged scenes of graphic violence.
Piles argues that "spiritual help is different from emotional support even though spiritual distress is often made manifest by the emotions.
More than half reported spiritual distress. Many left the church--often resulting in substantial family conflict.
As a result of this wholistic assessment, patient problems related to unmet basic needs, illness/disease, lack of fitness, over/under nutrition, psychological/emotional problems, stress overload, lack of social support, spiritual distress, destructive relationships, cultural restrictions and environmental/occupational distress can be identified (Identifying Problems Section, Figure 1).
Norman Birnbaum, otherwise a sensible social democrat, argued that "one general condition under which intellectuals were induced to ally themselves with the labor movement" was if there was "some form of systematic economic or spiritual distress affecting the educated directly." For Birnbaum, this condition was "lacking."