It always great when intuitively obvious things have an official name.
I've seen many examples over the years in which there has been a deterioration in the social relationships between a patient, staff and other members of the medical team due to negative perceptions of the patients behavior.
The patient is often perceived as being provocative, unreasonable, aggressive-volatile and/or overly dependent, chronic and felt not likely to improve.
A colleague informed me a few days ago that the official term is "Malignant alienation."
It's so much more appropriate than many of the other terms used in the past!