Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Response

”The common response when first meeting someone is “and what do you do?”  Although the temptation is to reply “well, as little as I can,” most individuals respond with their job title, profession or business.  We are seen, and see ourselves, in terms of that which we do to earn a living. The science of …

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Adversity

Adversity:  ”A study links family problems and other early life adversity to variation in brain structure in late adolescence and an increased risk for depression and anxiety among boys.“  When we have an injured worker who has become depressed, we need to know how much of this is an expected consequence for that individual.  Not …

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Surveilled

Being surveilled: ”We run quite a diagnostic risk when we take molecular examples of behavior and postulate that we have a significant finding. To wit, we have found the patient engaging in activities which we are certain demonstrates that they are not, in fact, that severely injured.  Someone is at the mall, and, therefore, s/he …

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Consequences

Consequences: Attempting to keep all as events separate and distinct, in a complex life, is sometimes arbitrary. Do you want a divorce because of abuse or infidelity or compulsive gambling or drug use or his refusal to work?  The answer can be “yes.” I was asked recently if the patient were depressed or was it the …

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Opiate

Opiate: In a complex fashion, should a patient decide to take a “drug holiday” and determine if s/he can function without or with less medication, then a mandated drug screen could “suggest” that the drug is being diverted (sold or given away). I had a patient on oxycontin, young man in severe pain.  He was …

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response

Response

”The common response when first meeting someone is “and what do you do?”  Although the temptation is to reply “well, …
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adversity

Adversity

Adversity:  ”A study links family problems and other early life adversity to variation in brain structure in late adolescence …
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Surveilled

Being surveilled: ”We run quite a diagnostic risk when we take molecular examples of behavior and postulate that we have …
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