Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Feeling Their Pain

Feeling the misery of others is a dubious task. Many patients feel that none of their friends, family or prior co-workers appreciate the extent and intensity of their pain. These patients may find themselves placed in chronic pain support groups, just as there are groups for other human conditions from smoking to gambling. However, the question must be asked as to whether support groups enable the patient a new means of feeling, …

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Onset

Sleep Onset and Sleep Maintenance We do know that psychological disorders are comorbid (occur together) with sleep disorders. There is debate as to whether the lack of sleep causes (for example) depression or if, instead, depression creates a brain/behavior pattern that disrupts sleep. In either case, an individual in pain will have difficulty with sleep …

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The Mill

The Mill: I had a patient with a persistent headache and dizziness. He told his friend, a gastroenterologist, about the symptoms. The friend recommended “a colonoscopy and then maybe a neurologist.” Many are guilty of seeing the world solely through their own perspective, their mill. The breast cancer survivor wants to do charitable work in …

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Aspects of Pain

Aspects of injury are two very different but complimentary ways of conceptualizing pain management: The administration of procedures and medications that are intended to reduce the experience of pain Techniques used by the patient to understand and cope with pain. Many injured workers do not understand, and in a dependent fashion, do not attempt to …

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Burn: I had a patient who was barely 21 at the time of his injury. He was shy, poorly educated and had never dated. He had a minimally skilled production job working with solvents. The solvent sprayer had an old and leaking hose which had spewed solvent upon him. There was an electrical short in …

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Feeling Their Pain

Feeling the misery of others is a dubious task. Many patients feel that none of their friends, family or prior co-workers appreciate the extent …
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Onset

Sleep Onset and Sleep Maintenance We do know that psychological disorders are comorbid (occur together) with sleep disorders. …
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The Mill

The Mill: I had a patient with a persistent headache and dizziness. He told his friend, a gastroenterologist, about the symptoms. …
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