Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Prepared

“Prepared” ….if I had paid attention…if he had known what he was doing…if I could do it all over…if only I had known… If you expect the very worst from life, you are a pessimistic; totally no fun and likely no one will hang out with you. Then again if you are eternally optimistic, and your …

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Ability

Ability vs. Disability: While total disability means the injured or ill worker cannot work at all, PPD (permanent partial disability) means that there is a permanent impairment.  With this permanent impairment, the worker is perceived as not being able to work at full capacity, no future ability. While this number, often a percentage, differs among …

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Compassion

The helping professions were, at one time, recruited from those who made the declaration that “I just like helping people. I have compassion.” That perspective, academic grades and admission test scores would be instrumental in getting into nursing, medicine, etc. The youthful enthusiasm of taking on the emotional burden of suffering individuals does, however, take …

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Truth: The Whole Truth

Truth: A patient contacted me with a specific request for pain management. He had read an article on a process to deal with chronic pain, and he, like his mother, suffered from diffuse pain which someone had diagnosed as fibromyalgia. In the intake process, he withheld a great deal of data regarding childhood trauma and …

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Broken

Broken –  Allow me to present a case example: A young adult male became disabled after he sustained a cervical injury in a work-related fall. He is now clinically depressed, and since he is unable to work, his days are empty and, to him, meaningless. This appears to be a straight forward major depressive episode …

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prepared

Prepared

“Prepared” ….if I had paid attention…if he had known what he was doing…if I could do it all over…if only I had …
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ability

Ability

Ability vs. Disability: While total disability means the injured or ill worker cannot work at all, PPD (permanent partial …
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compassion

Compassion

The helping professions were, at one time, recruited from those who made the declaration that “I just like helping …
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