Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Pre-Operative

pre-operative anxiety” : Becoming anxious prior to surgery is a universal reaction in which the doubts and fears of the patient emerge, and over which s/he obsesses. The State-Trait model assesses the event that is unfolding (state) versus the personality of the patient (trait) that gives rise to the anxiety symptoms. Thus, a patient facing surgery …

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Holidays

Holidays: “…would think that holidays would bring a reprieve from the suffering.” The common initial point of reference for most injured workers is that their recovery will be time limited, that they will return to their pre-morbid job and that life will go on. This, indeed, is the most frequent outcome. and/or an employer who …

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Naivete

Naivete: He refuses MRI and CT scan saying that he would prefer not to know. A patient was referred to me who had completed surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.  His wife and his oncologist were very frustrated that he was declining a followup CT scan to determine the status of the tumor. The patient told me …

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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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pre-operative

Pre-Operative

pre-operative anxiety” : Becoming anxious prior to surgery is a universal reaction in which the doubts and fears of the …
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holidays

Holidays

Holidays: “…would think that holidays would bring a reprieve from the suffering.” The common initial point of reference …
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naivete

Naivete

Naivete: He refuses MRI and CT scan saying that he would prefer not to know. A patient was referred to me who had completed …
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