will to live

will to live

a nursing outcome from the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) defined as desire, determination, and effort to survive. See also Nursing Outcomes Classification.
The sense of self-preservation, usually coupled to a ‘future sense’—i.e., dreams, aspirations, and expectations for future improvement in one’s state in life

will to live

Psychology The sense of self-preservation, usually coupled to a 'future sense'–ie, dreams, and aspirations, and expectations for future improvement in one's state in life

Patient discussion about will to live

Q. do we need the esophagus to live? If we were to take our esophagus away would we still live?

A. Principally, yes. Feeding can be done through a hole in the stomach (PEG). Life is possible this way, although one may argue about the quality of life in this situation.

Q. How long can an alcoholic expect to live? My nephew who was an alcoholic died in his early age of 35. My uncle who was also an alcoholic died in his age of 48. How long can an alcoholic expect to live?

A. I am sorry. My dad who is an alcoholic too always advice me from his experience that an alcoholic will die younger than they would if they were not using alcohol. There are two sides to this: physiological and psychological. The destructive effect that alcohol has on the human body when used to excess may shorten expected lifespan. This list is long, from brain damage to liver failure.
The psychological side is the likelihood that goofy behavior caused by the use of alcohol may kill them. The list here is endless. Driving while drunk, getting in violent confrontations, taking idiotic risks, using power tools while blitzed. One way or another, the odds are good that this person will die much earlier than if they were not drinking.

Q. how long do u live with lupus? why do we get lupus? why was i hit with it along with all my other medical problems? i dont understand why..

A. well i've had it now for 1 yr and i'm still going

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Existential issues were significantly correlated with the will to live in a study of 189 end-stage cancer patients.
professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba (Canada), and his colleagues examined the simultaneous influences of existential, psychiatric, and physical issues on the will to live in terminally ill patients (Psychosomatics 2005;46:7-10).
In a multiple regression analysis, each of the existential issues assessed--hopelessness, sense of dignity, and being a burden to others--was significantly correlated with the will to live.
In addition, psychiatric issues such as depression, anxiety, and concentration were significantly associated with the will to live.