Psychological and Existential Distress
There are many potential causes of transient distress in palliative care, including insensitive comments, long waits in clinical departments and disease symptoms. Such potential causes of distress should be an important focus of attention in everyday nursing practice, because the disruption and worry they cause is often unnecessary. More prolonged mood disturbance also needs to be a major focus of nursing practice. Existential threat is more likely to cause persistent anxiety or depressive symptoms requiring intervention. Although it is not a traditional medical diagnostic category, existential suffering is a substantial cause of distress.
- Forms of existential distress
- Assessing psychospiritual distress
- Promoting hope while supporting grief
- Healping death anxiety
- Recognition and treatment of demoralisation syndrome
- Actively managing anxiety and depression
- Helping the family and community
- Will you help me to die?