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Medical Issues


  • Adjustment disorder with depressed mood

  • Adjustment disorder with disturbance of conduct

  • Adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood

  • Adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of emotions AND conduct



  • Medically stabilize physical condition.

  • Work through the grieving process and face with peace the reality of own death.

  • Accept emotional support from those who care, without pushing them away in anger.

  • Live life to the fullest extent possible, even though remaining time may be limited.

  • Cooperate with the medical treatment regimen without passive-aggressive or active resistance.

  • Become as knowledgeable as possible about the diagnosed condition and about living as normally as possible.

  • Reduce fear, anxiety, and worry associated with the medical condition.

  • Accept the illness, and adapt life to the necessary limitations.

  • Accept the role of psychological or behavioral factors in development of medical condition and focus on resolution of these factors.


Behavioral Definitions

  • A diagnosis of a chronic illness that is not life threatening but necessitates changes in living.

  • A diagnosis of an acute, serious illness that is life threatening.

  • A diagnosis of a chronic illness that eventually will lead to an early death.

  • Sad affect, social withdrawal, anxiety, loss of interest in activities, and low energy.

  • Suicidal ideation.

  • Denial of the seriousness of the medical condition.

  • Refusal to cooperate with recommended medical treatments.

  • A positive test for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

  • Medical complications secondary to chemical dependence.

  • Psychological or behavioral factors that influence the course of the medical condition.

  • History of neglecting physical health.



  • Psychological Symptoms Affecting Axis III Disorder

  • Adjustment Disorder With Depressed Mood

  • Adjustment Disorder With Anxiety

  • Adjustment Disorder With Mixed Anxiety and Depressed Mood

  • Adjustment Disorder With Disturbance of Conduct

  • Adjustment Disorder With Mixed Disturbance of Emotions and Conduct

  • Major Depressive Disorder

  • Depressive Disorder NOS

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Anxiety Disorder NOS

  • Diagnosis Deferred

  • No Diagnosis or Condition

What is Medical Issues? 

Medical issues is a broad term that refers to any kind of health problem or condition that requires diagnosis, treatment, or management by a doctor or other healthcare professional. It can encompass a wide range of illnesses, injuries, and disabilities, both short-term and chronic. Here's a breakdown to give you a better idea:

Types of Medical Issues: Medical issues can be categorized in a few ways:

Acute vs. Chronic: Acute conditions come on suddenly and typically have a short duration (e.g., the flu). Chronic conditions are long-term and may require ongoing management (e.g., diabetes).
Communicable vs. Non-communicable: Communicable diseases can be spread from person to person (e.g., a cold). Non-communicable diseases are not contagious (e.g., heart disease).
Physical vs. Mental Health: Medical issues can affect both physical and mental health. Physical health refers to the body's function, while mental health refers to a person's emotional and psychological well-being.

Examples of Medical Issues: Here are some common examples of medical issues:


  • Infectious diseases (e.g., COVID-19, influenza)

  • Chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, cancer)

  • Mental health conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety, addiction)

  • Injuries (e.g., broken bones, sprains, burns)

  • Allergies (e.g., pollen allergies, food allergies)

Importance of Medical Care:  Early diagnosis and treatment of medical issues are crucial for maintaining good health and preventing complications. Regular checkups with a doctor can help identify potential problems early on and ensure you receive appropriate treatment.

If you have any concerns about your health, it's always best to consult with a doctor or other healthcare professional. They can assess your symptoms, diagnose any underlying conditions, and recommend the best course of treatment.

Effects of Medical Issues

Here's a closer look at the potential consequences:

Physical Effects:

Pain and Discomfort: This can make it difficult to perform daily tasks, participate in activities we enjoy, and get a good night's sleep.
Reduced Mobility: Certain medical conditions can limit a person's mobility, making it hard to get around or even perform basic tasks like dressing or bathing.
Organ Damage: Untreated or poorly managed chronic diseases can damage organs and other bodily systems, leading to serious complications.

Mental and Emotional Effects:

Stress and Anxiety: The fear of the unknown, the burden of treatment, and concerns about the future can all take a toll on mental health.
Depression: Chronic pain, limitations on daily life, and feelings of isolation can contribute to depression.
Changes in Self-Esteem: Medical conditions can sometimes affect a person's appearance or physical abilities, leading to feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem.

Social and Practical Effects:

Impact on Relationships: Medical issues can strain relationships with family and friends. Social activities may become difficult to participate in, leading to feelings of isolation.
Work and Finances: Medical conditions can affect a person's ability to work, potentially leading to job loss or reduced income. Managing medical bills and treatment costs can be a significant financial burden.
Daily Activities: Depending on the severity of the condition, daily tasks like housework, self-care, and errands may become difficult or even impossible to manage.


How does Medical Issues affect your life?

Here's a breakdown of some key areas:

Physical Health: Medical issues can range from mild to severe and can cause a variety of physical symptoms like pain, fatigue, and limited mobility. 

Mental and Emotional Health: Living with a medical condition can be stressful and anxiety-provoking.  

Social Life: This can lead to feelings of isolation and disconnection from friends and family.

Work and Finances: Managing medical bills and treatment costs can be a significant financial burden.

Daily Activities:  Depending on the severity of the condition, daily tasks like housework, self-care, and errands may become difficult or even impossible to manage.

Important to Remember:

Help is Available: There are many resources and support systems available to help people manage medical conditions. 

Focus on Well-being: Even with a medical issue, there are steps you can take to improve your overall well-being.

Stay Positive: A positive attitude can make a big difference in coping with a medical condition.

While medical issues can be challenging, there are ways to manage them and live a fulfilling life. By seeking professional help, focusing on your well-being, and staying positive, you can navigate these challenges.

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