Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Precious Time Lost

Time Lost: The elimination of all physical causes for a complaint and only then considering the psychological causes is referred to as diagnosis-by-exclusion. We are taught diagnosis-by-inclusion, to examine psychological causation with the same vigor as physical diagnosis, but we rarely do so. If a patient has complaints that are not readily verified, there are …

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Self Medication

It is extremely important to determine to what degree a patient’s self medication and complicates his/her own recovery process In the acute (short term) treatment of pain, aggressive pain management can prevent the patient from developing fear and hopelessness regarding the future and his/her capacity to deal with painful residuals. However, many patients will attempt …

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Clinical versus Administrative Decisions

Clinical Decisions: There are injured workers who appear to languish in care moving from orthopedic care to pain management to psychological care with no end in sight. The concern is whether we are serving these patients when we tie these significant problems to an injury. The problem can arrise when the clinical problem has been …

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U.S. Demographics

In 1997, there were 2.3 million marriages. Sixty percent of Americans were married at that time, 23% had never married, 9% were divorced, and 7% were widowed. Fifteen percent of Americans are single parents, 45% rely upon dual income and only 20% maintain the traditional breadwinner/homemaker roles. Fifty-three percent of couples have no children. The …

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Belligerence

Patients can become frustrated with their symptoms or delays in their care. They can become irritable. They can become aggrieved. Such patients most often calm rapidly when reassured, their needs are understood and attempts are made to meet those needs. Belligerent patients, however, cannot be soothed. Just when you think that you have made headway, …

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hypervigilance

Hypervigilance

Hypervigilance is a symptom. Vigilance is the ability to stay focused upon a task and/or concept for an extended period of …
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contradiction

Contradiction

Contradiction “We read two of your consultation reports last month.  One said that the patient lost 20 pounds which was …
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generalized

Generalized

Generalized Anxiety Anxiety is a milder form of fear, and as you know, fear is an essential emotion that protects us from …
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