will to live

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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Harvey Max Chochinov, M.D., 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. Social variables--including support from family friends and health care providers, and patient satisfaction with this support--also were significantly correlated with the will to live.
(59) Another study concluded that the "will to live is highly unstable among terminally ill cancer patients." (60) The authors thought their findings "perhaps not surprising, given that only 10-14% of individuals who survive a suicide attempt commit suicide during the next 10 years, which suggests that a desire to die is inherently changeable."
Chochinov et al., "Will to Live in the Terminally Ill," Lancet 354 (1999): 816, 818.
One way to help protect against what happened to Hugh Finn is to make sure all family members have a "Will to Live," a legal document that names someone to make health care decisions for them and makes clear what medical treatment they would want if they can no longer speak.