Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Harm

Harm:  There may be an unwritten policy to disallow “psychic” claims. The term “psychic”, by definition, means phenomena that are inexplicable by natural laws or relating to the soul or mind. Applying that term to the psychological aftermath of injury has always seemed inapplicable and inappropriate to what is clinically occurring to those in pain. …

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Vice Grip

Vice-Grip: Within workers’ compensation there is continual pressure to address only that which seems immediately and plausibly related to injury. Any other assessment or treatment plan is denied. Indeed, even those complaints clearly related to injury may be denied, including tests, medications, and procedures. In this system we become conditioned that if it feels unrelated, then …

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Following

Following a psychological report can be laborious. Logically, diagnostic reports should begin with conclusions and recommendations followed by all the data that supports those findings. However, clinicians write reports for review by other clinicians. And they most often follow a specific path which was part of their training. They begin with the patient’s presentation and …

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Compliance

Compliance: His wife called and said that he has been very depressed. So we scheduled him for an appointment. He has failed to show for almost all appointments. A spouse may be more aware of a change in mood than the authorized treating physician. Because a wife feels her husband is depressed is not sufficient to …

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Commitment

Commitment: “The most common reason for being referred for psychotherapy is to help resolve a conflict. This may be a family, occupational or social problem. We all have these, but when they rise to the level of interfering with daily functioning, they are referred to as a “disorder” and warrant care. Under workers’ compensation, the most …

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harm

Harm

Harm:  There may be an unwritten policy to disallow “psychic” claims. The term “psychic”, by definition, …
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vicegrip

Vice Grip

Vice-Grip: Within workers’ compensation there is continual pressure to address only that which seems immediately and …
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following

Following

Following a psychological report can be laborious. Logically, diagnostic reports should begin with conclusions and recommendations …
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