Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

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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Sexual Abuse

Impact of Trauma At the combined annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies and the American Academy of Pediatrics Adolescents, it was reported that patients who say they were sexually abused are more likely to drink, smoke, use illegal drugs, exhibit eating disorders or report that they have contemplated suicide. As a risk factor for …

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Risk Factors

Risk of Injury The probability of psychological disorder pre-existing or even causing injury has increased. Mental disorders are becoming more widespread, beginning as early as the teens, according to the results of an international study. Most individuals with mental health problems are not treated at all, and nearly half do not seek treatment.  Their problems …

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Depression Detection

When you realize that major depressive disorder is often missed during the course of routine health care, there needs to be an approach that assures early detection. Need a quick and effective way to screen for detection of depression depression and a means to help remember what to look for? Here is a mnemonic that …

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Opiate

Opiate: In a complex fashion, should a patient decide to take a “drug holiday” and determine if s/he can function without …
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Dependent

We enter life entirely dependent aside from vegetative functions. We cannot exist on our own, and this characterizes most …
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Economic

Economic. The State lottery systems have shown us that people without a strong economic understanding can be easily separated …
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