Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Candidate

Candidate: “When it became mandated that all patients seeking implant trial (whether pump or stimulator) be psychologically evaluated, I was pleased yet surprised. Pleased that there was an awareness that each patient has different psychological capacity to tolerate an implant trial. And I was surprised that anyone noticed that this was true. Between the pain …

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Persistent

Persistent & Severe: “There are some terms that continue despite their not being accurate descriptors. A “cold” or a “stomach ache” or “a sore back” are such terms. They tell us little about either the source or the extent of the discomfort and suffering. Chronic pain is such a term. We are familiar with pain, and …

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Probability

Probability: “When we do research, we run experiments to determine if what we do makes a difference. It not only must make a difference, but that difference must be statistically significant because some differences could merely occur by chance. For example if you flip a coin 20 times, you should get close to one-half heads …

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Division of Labor

Division of Labor: For any health problem that is not considered an emergency, the primary career physician is our first stop supermarket. If s/he sees the problem as beyond his ability to diagnose and treat, we may be referred elsewhere, but he remains our primary contact person. He compiles all data from tests and second opinion, …

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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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candidate

Candidate

Candidate: “When it became mandated that all patients seeking implant trial (whether pump or stimulator) be psychologically …
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persistent

Persistent

Persistent & Severe: “There are some terms that continue despite their not being accurate descriptors. A “cold” …
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probability

Probability

Probability: “When we do research, we run experiments to determine if what we do makes a difference. It not only must …
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