Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Who Should Be Treated?

Before the patient is treated: If formal psychological diagnostic exam reveals that a psychological disorder exists that has resulted from injury or been exacerbated by injury, then the following series of decisions must be made: a. Is the patient sufficiently motivated for change; interested in being treated? b. Is the patient intellectually capable of understanding …

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Recovery

The Process For many patients, the question can be stated: “If I cannot get a whole lot better…and I really do not know what to do with my life…what possible advantage is there in seeing or presenting myself as maximally medically improved.” And for some of these patients, they may be quite correct. After all, with the …

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Perpetuating Dependency

Patient Dependency THE FAMILY: The family should facilitate recovery, but my experience has been that most often it facilitates disability. Quite often, the family: a. increases the patient’s expression of dependency, b. encourages the patient to take greater amounts of medication so that the family will have to listen to less complaints, c. reinforces the …

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Financial

Financial Advisor I have a patient who was injured >2 years ago. Despite three surgeries, she has not recovered sufficiently …
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Recovering

Recovering or Retribution We are a retaliatory species, and if someone causes harm to us, or to someone about whom we care, …
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Rx abuse

Rx abuse: We largely rely upon subjective assessments of pain. “How much does it hurt on a 1 to 10 scale?” I …
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