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The mentally ill: the way they perceive their own illness and their expectations from the society.
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PMID:  17072046     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
People diagnosed as mentally ill face the suffering of their own disease as well as the social stigmatization, which, in turn, can aggravate their psychopathological symptoms and exacerbate their social isolation. Mental diseases and their symptoms cause an ill person to seem recondite for the people around. She or he feels different from everybody else, thus requires special care, sensitivity, and respect from the others. A supportive and full of acceptation environment is indispensable to optimize socio-professional therapy and rehabilitation of the ill. The society should possess some knowledge of mental diseases and respect the dignity and human rights of the ill. The aim of our work was to show how the mentally ill perceive their illness as well as specify the patients' expectations concerning their relations with the healthy people from their environment. This work consists of a theoretical part, a research which contains the results of a questionnaire, and conclusions. There were 52 patients who took part in the research. They were all aware of their illness, although the research was held during the lighter phase of the disease or its remission. The analysis of the collected data indicates that the ill perceived their disease as a burden and obstacle to fulfilling their principal aims. The disease also engendered negative emotional reactions in them and significantly impaired the quality of their life.
W Lawska; M Zieba; M Lyznicka; J Sułek; M Półtorakk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physiology and pharmacology : an official journal of the Polish Physiological Society     Volume:  57 Suppl 4     ISSN:  1899-1505     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Physiol. Pharmacol.     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-30     Completed Date:  2007-12-19     Revised Date:  2008-05-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9114501     Medline TA:  J Physiol Pharmacol     Country:  Poland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Podhale State Vocational High School, Nursing Institute, Nowy Targ, Poland.
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MeSH Terms
Family Relations
Interpersonal Relations
Mental Disorders / psychology*
Mentally Ill Persons / psychology*
Patient Rights
Rejection (Psychology)

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