Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Financial

Financial Advisor I have a patient who was injured >2 years ago. Despite three surgeries, she has not recovered sufficiently to work more than 3 hours per day. The financial losses are also significant. She has lost her home, her vehicles and more recently her marriage. She lives in a dangerous, unclean and depressing daily …

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Recovering

Recovering or Retribution We are a retaliatory species, and if someone causes harm to us, or to someone about whom we care, we feel that we must respond in kind…or worse. Physical recovering does not appear to be sufficient. If it is a prosecutable criminal act, we want them jailed, fined or executed. If it …

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Rx abuse

Rx abuse: We largely rely upon subjective assessments of pain. “How much does it hurt on a 1 to 10 scale?” I have always been surprised that a patient will tell me that his pain is a 9 while calmly sitting there (and yes, affect is not the barometer of suffering but it is an …

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Traumatic

Traumatic events: As an employer, do you want the employee back in the workforce before s/he has had ample time for treatment, recovery, and appropriate desensitization to the injury site? Some employees are capable of working if the work environment is different from the one in which the injury occurred. With that in mind, employers …

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Freedom

Freedom: It is important to look at the patient’s history of medical compliance. One of the forms patients complete in my office relates to their medical and dental health care maintenance. How often and how recently have they seen a dentist? Do they have annual physical exams? Is there a family history of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, …

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financial

Financial

Financial Advisor I have a patient who was injured >2 years ago. Despite three surgeries, she has not recovered sufficiently …
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recovering

Recovering

Recovering or Retribution We are a retaliatory species, and if someone causes harm to us, or to someone about whom we care, …
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Rx abuse

Rx abuse: We largely rely upon subjective assessments of pain. “How much does it hurt on a 1 to 10 scale?” I …
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