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Can psychological factors affect other medical conditions?

Yes, in fact, there is a diagnosis for “psychological factors affecting other medical conditions.” This diagnosis is given when a medical symptom or condition (other than a mental disorder) is present, with psychological or behavioral factors adversely affecting the medical condition in one of the following ways:

  • The psychological or behavioral factors have influenced the course of the medical condition, contributing to its development, exacerbation or delayed recovery.
  • The factors interfere with the treatment of the medical condition (e.g., poor adherence).
  • The factors constitute well-established health risks for the individual.
  • The factors influence the underlying condition, causing or exacerbating symptoms, or requiring medical attention.

The diagnosis also requires that the psychological and behavioral factors are not better explained by another mental disorder (e.g., panic disorder, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder).

Mental Health Library Sources:

Information included in all topics of the Mental Health Library comes from the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 and Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry. Complete diagnostic and treatment information may be found within these publications.


Information within the Mental Health Library is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis purposes. Rather, it is provided as a public educational service to make people aware of mental health conditions. Please consult a qualified mental health professional for a diagnosis of any suspected mental health illness.

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