Patient Behaviour


This chapter provides a brief explanation of some of the behaviours which can be noted frequently in hospitals and which have not been covered in Chapters 17 and 20 on Admission and Stress. It is quite obvious that the actual symptoms and discomforts of physical illness are associated with some very profound psychological effects. These effects show as disturbances of emotion, such as anxiety, irritability, depression, stress symptoms, neurotic and psychosomatic symptoms. The psychological reactions which occur, however, differ from patient to patient.


Reaction Formation Psychological Mechanism Patient Behaviour Compensatory Behaviour Psychosomatic Symptom 
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Further Reading

  1. Coleman, J. (1976). Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life (New York: Scott Foreman)Google Scholar

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