illness behavior


Summary: Coordinate set of non-specific behavioral responses to non-psychiatric illness. These may include loss of APPETITE or LIBIDO; disinterest in ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING; or withdrawal from social interaction.

Top Publications

  1. Stewart J. One Effect Size Does Not Fit All--Is the Depression-Inflammation Link Missing in Racial/Ethnic Minority Individuals?. JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73:301-2 pubmed publisher
  2. Wilson C, CORRIGAN R, Braun L. Deployed women's illness behaviors while managing genitourinary symptoms: An exploratory theoretical synthesis of two qualitative studies. Nurs Outlook. 2017;65:S17-S25 pubmed publisher
    ..qualitative descriptive studies interviewing military women and enlisted medics were synthesized using the Illness Behavior Model...
  3. Grayson P, Amudala N, McAlear C, Leduc R, Shereff D, Richesson R, et al. Illness perceptions and fatigue in systemic vasculitis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013;65:1835-43 pubmed
    ..Illness perceptions explain differences in fatigue scores beyond what can be explained by measures of disease activity. ..
  4. Sethares K, Asselin M. The effect of guided reflection on heart failure self-care maintenance and management: A mixed methods study. Heart Lung. 2017;46:192-198 pubmed publisher
    ..Guided reflection on previous actions that includes contextual considerations may also play a role in enhancing self-care management by allowing the person to more fully understand the illness experience. ..
  5. Campos C, Bowen A, Han S, Wisse B, Palmiter R, Schwartz M. Cancer-induced anorexia and malaise are mediated by CGRP neurons in the parabrachial nucleus. Nat Neurosci. 2017;20:934-942 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings establish CGRPPBN neurons as key mediators of cancer-induced appetite suppression and associated behavioral changes. ..
  6. Avitsur R, Paley S, Franko M, Wolff N, Eyal N, Doron R. Escitalopram or novel herbal treatments differentially alter cytokine and behavioral responses to immune challenge. J Neuroimmunol. 2017;309:111-118 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings may have implications for the treatment of depressive symptoms associated with immune activation. ..
  7. Walters J, Baxter K, Chapman H, Jackson T, Sethuramachandran A, Couldridge M, et al. Chronic Pain and Associated Factors in India and Nepal: A Pilot Study of the Vanderbilt Global Pain Survey. Anesth Analg. 2017;125:1616-1626 pubmed publisher
    ..International expert consensus is needed. ..
  8. Nichter M. Idioms of distress revisited. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2010;34:401-16 pubmed publisher
  9. Irwin M. Inflammation at the intersection of behavior and somatic symptoms. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2011;34:605-20 pubmed publisher

More Information


  1. Wang N, Ma H, Li Z, Gao Y, Cao X, Jiang Y, et al. Chronic unpredictable stress exacerbates surgery-induced sickness behavior and neuroinflammatory responses via glucocorticoids secretion in adult rats. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0183077 pubmed publisher
    ..Stress-induced GCs played a pivotal role in enhancing surgery-induced neuroinflammatory processes by modulation of microglia functions. ..
  2. Stites S, Karlawish J, Harkins K, Rubright J, Wolk D. Awareness of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Diagnoses Associated With Lower Self-Ratings of Quality of Life in Older Adults. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2017;72:974-985 pubmed publisher
    ..05). Persons aware of their diagnostic label-either MCI or AD-and its prognosis report lower QOL than those unaware of these facts about themselves. These relationships are independent of the severity of cognitive impairment. ..