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

Pain Pills

Medication for Pain: Almost all patients complain that their doctor does not understand their pain, and fear that their access to prescription narcotics will be cut off. They know little about the action or side effect of the drugs (constipation, agitation, sleep disruption and mood changes are common complaints). While they know that “these drugs …

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Who Treats Chronic Pain?

Chronic Pain: Assume an injured worker who is now in chronic pain. The patient is being treated at a pain management center. The patient is also depressed and referred for psychological care. The pain and the depression are seen as different problems, and treatment is divided between a pain management center and a psychologist. Quite often there is little …

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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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Pain Pills

Medication for Pain: Almost all patients complain that their doctor does not understand their pain, and fear that their access …
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chronic pain

Who Treats Chronic Pain?

Chronic Pain: Assume an injured worker who is now in chronic pain. The patient is being treated at a pain management center. …
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hysteria

Hysteria for the Masses

  Hysteria as a Concept “When there are motor symptoms, sensory symptoms or neurological symptoms that cannot …
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