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Psychology of Injury and Pain - Dr. David B. Adams

Surveillance

Surveillance as a Disincentive to Recovery “…he’s supposed to be disabled and here he was working in his yard, going for walks and playing ball with his kids…” Dr. Adams replies: Many believe that an injured worker, if truly disabled, cannot work and will not attempt any activity. On the other hand, if any patient …

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Diagnostic Failure

Diagnostic Failure: “If a patient has pain, the authorized treating physician uses diagnostic tools and therapeutic approaches to treat the symptom. The patient does not determine causation, treatment, prognosis, or disability, and may be unaware of degenerative disc disease or a past partially torn rotator cuff. Diagnostic failure is less probable. Similarly, the patient may …

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Collateral Damages

“Collateral Damages“ Personality disorders cannot be the target of injury-related care, and personality disorders do not arise as a result of injury. These are not collateral damages. But clinical conditions such as recurrent mood disorders can be potentiated or exacerbated by injury. These are collateral damages. A patient assaulted at work may suddenly have to …

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Type D Personality

Type D The concept of Type D (meaning “distressed”) Personality was introduced in 1995. The concept arises from the field of Medical Psychology and was first reported by researchers in The Netherlands. Type D individuals have a prevalence rate of 21% in the general population but may be more than double that amount in patients …

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Women in Pain

Women: An estimated 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Fibromyalgia, migraine and other painful conditions are more common in women than in men. Even when both genders have the same back pain, research indicates that the women suffer more. Whether illness or injury, studies indicate that women report more pain than do men. This …

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surveillance

Surveillance

Surveillance as a Disincentive to Recovery “…he’s supposed to be disabled and here he was working in his yard, …
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diagnostic failure

Diagnostic Failure

Diagnostic Failure: “If a patient has pain, the authorized treating physician uses diagnostic tools and therapeutic …
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collateral damage

Collateral Damages

“Collateral Damages“ Personality disorders cannot be the target of injury-related care, and personality disorders do …
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