b. Acceptance of Being Ill.
Becomes dependent on health care personnel.
Focuses attention on symptoms and the illness.
Gradually becomes less dependent.
c. Recovery, Rehabilitation, or Convalescence.
(1) May be a short or long period, depending on how much the patient's
life-style must change as a result of the illness.
(2) Patient goes through a process of resolving his/her perceived loss or
impairment of function.
1-25. EMOTIONAL RESPONSES TO ILLNESS AND HOSPITALIZATION
(1) An emotional response characterized by an expectation of harm or
(2) Usually associated with behavior that attempts to avoid or flee a
(3) Patient is usually aware of the specific danger and has some
understanding into the reasons for the fear.
Common indications of fear include:
(a) Tachycardia (rapid heart rate).
(b) Dry mouth.
(e) Increased perspiration.
(f) The "fight or flight" reaction (alertness and readiness for action in
order to avoid or escape harm).