Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Post-injury Obesity – Cause and Course?

Americans have poor health habits and as a society, obesity is an ever, increasing problem. However, obesity among injured workers has even greater implications: a. Obesity arises out of inactivity that, in turn, may arise out of fear of pain or re-injury. b. Obesity arises out of boredom; many injured workers spending their days eating, …

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Rage Against Oneself

It was once believed that all depression was nothing more than rage directed against the self. We now know it is, for some, a great deal more complex. However, when an individual realizes that he/she has not completed an education, has not worked toward a career goal, has placed himself/herself in harm_s way by having …

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Sexuality After Injury

At one level, sexual dysfunction following injury, can be a simple problem, but globally it is actually quite complex. In training, they referred to this as _multiple co-existing factors_ so let_s look at a few of the factors to consider: 1. Depressed individuals have decreased libido (sexual drive), and the patient may be referring more …

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Can of Worms

The concern is often expressed that a psychological exam, performed on an injured worker runs the risk of revealing problems that ordinarily not be address. In fact, the impact of a psychological exam is the opposite of what one would anticipate. It does not expand the scope of a complaint; it focuses it upon the …

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Free-Floating Fear

Anxiety is a fear that has become diffuse. It is normal to become concerned after an injury, concerned about the discomfort, about one’s career, about finances and about the family. In some cases, the anxiety becomes more of a problem than the injury. The individual becomes so anxious that they cannot understand what they are …

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Broken

Broken –  Allow me to present a case example: A young adult male became disabled after he sustained a cervical injury …
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Disobedience

“Disobedience” :  $290 billion is the estimated cost of medication to the US healthcare system each year. In …
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Fantasy

Fantasy: psychological problems as an add-on at the end of a case in order to grow the claim. The complaints always occur …
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