For this part of my assignment I am going to explain the potential effects of five different life factors on the development of an individual Life factors
Genetic; Rheumatic disease
Rheumatic disease is a range of disorders which involves inflammation of the joints, ligaments, bones and muscles.Rheumatoid arthritis is a rheumatic disease.The cause of this is not fully understood but genetic and environmental influences play a big part. It is an extremely painful condition that causes swelling and damage to the cartilage and bones around the joints; this is mostly affects the smaller bones in the feet, hands and wrists. The autoimmune process that causes distress on the joints can also affect the eyes, lungs, skin, heart, blood vessels, and other organs. This can affect the physical development of an individual by; limiting their day to day physical movement due to the pain they are in and those who are rated as being more restricted in their normal activities are significantly more likely to have depression. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect an individual’s intellectual development by; the amount of time they have off school because of hospital appointments, limited time using computers for research due to stiffness in the hands/wrists and poor academic attendance caused by flare-ups. The emotional development of an individual with rheumatoid arthritis may be affected, as they may feel excluded or different to others, they could become depressed because they feel that the disease is taking over their life of feel that they cannot cope with it anymore. Rheumatoid arthritis may affect an individual’s social life as they may be too ill to go out to socialise with friends or they may be admitted into hospital. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but there are a variety of treatments that can slow down the condition and keep joint damage at minimum. The earlier the treatment is started the more effective it is going to be.
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