Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Alexithymia

Alexithymia: “A patient and his wife were sitting in front of me. The issue was that he was physically abusing her, but she felt that she would be worse-off without him. I asked him how he felt after he harmed her. He said “I feel bad”. I asked him how he felt before he struck …

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Co-Morbid

Co-Morbid Patients who are taking prescribed narcotics for their chronic pain are exposed to a system in which the following is true: a. Time spent with the patient is specifically targeted at the site of the pain and not the person who has the pain. b. Although drug testing can determine if the patient is …

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Bad Actors

Bad actors: You do not have to be a nice person to be a police officer. You do not have to have self-insight, a good philosophy of life, a moral compass or a love and respect for mankind. What is required is that you have the basic knowledge of your job, skills to carry out …

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Discarded

Discarded patients: Several years ago, I passed the threshold of having seen 5,000 injured workers. Most of the patients recovered from both their injuries and the emotional consequences of the injury. However, there are a large number of these patients who remain deeply burned into my psyche and will forever be concerning, simply because they …

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Damages

Damages: It would be a ideal if psychological recovery coincided with physical recovery. Quite often, it does not. The depressive symptoms begin over time as the patient begins to cope with pain, limitations and the impact upon career and family. The surgeon will ultimately have completed his/her work on the patient and will release the …

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alexithymia

Alexithymia

Alexithymia: “A patient and his wife were sitting in front of me. The issue was that he was physically abusing her, …
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co-morbid

Co-Morbid

Co-Morbid Patients who are taking prescribed narcotics for their chronic pain are exposed to a system in which the following …
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bad actors

Bad Actors

Bad actors: You do not have to be a nice person to be a police officer. You do not have to have self-insight, a good philosophy …
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