sustaining cause

sustaining cause,

n factors that develop in the course of an illness, prolonging the condition and forestalling a healthy resolution.
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The paper considers objections that grief is not a disorder because (a) it is a normal response; (b) it is more healthy than failing to grieve; (c) it involves cognitive good; (d) it is a rational response; (e) it ought not to be medicalized or treated; (f) it has a "distinct sustaining cause.
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