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

Hysteria for the Masses

  Hysteria as a Concept “When there are motor symptoms, sensory symptoms or neurological symptoms that cannot be fully explained by physical findings, the symptoms compromise a “conversion disorder.” When they occur in a warehouse, school or company setting, with many people have similar, inexplicable symptoms, it is referred to as “mass hysteria.” When symptoms …

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Psychological Care: Why and How

Differences in Care “The treatment of injured workers is quite a departure from traditional psychological care. In a psychological practice, patient’s are self-referred, referred by family or friends, referred by their insurance carrier or referred other professionals. The patients seek care for phobias, mood disorders, addictions, problems with intimacy and a range of conflicts and …

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PPD – Permanent and Partial Disability

The PPD Rating “There can be, and often is, a vast difference between what a clinician establishes as a PPD (permanent and partial disability) rating, what the insurer or attorneys need from a PPD rating, and how the patient responds to a PPD rating. A physician assigns a PPD rating of 15% of whole body …

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Opiates Worsening Depression

When Prescribing Opiates is Problematic “Research indicates (Grattan, A. Sullivan, M. et al. Depression and Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Chronic Opioid Therapy Recipients With No History of Substance Abuse. Fam Med. 2012;10(4):304-311) that moderately and severely depressed patients are more likely to abuse opioid medications for their non-pain symptoms. Patients readily learn to treat depression …

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Undocumented

Unique Workers Undocumented workers often function with quite different goals and aspirations. They have left or escaped oppression and poverty in their own country. Their access to work and education may have been very limited. Their earning capacity was below the poverty level in most nations. The conveniences to which we have long grown accustomed …

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Hysteria for the Masses

  Hysteria as a Concept “When there are motor symptoms, sensory symptoms or neurological symptoms that cannot …
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Psychological Care: Why and How

Differences in Care “The treatment of injured workers is quite a departure from traditional psychological care. In …
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PPD

PPD – Permanent and Partial Disability

The PPD Rating “There can be, and often is, a vast difference between what a clinician establishes as a PPD (permanent …
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