Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

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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Sleeplessness

Depression, Pain, and Sleeplessness A surgeon has two simple questions that can be asked of his patients to determine if the patient has underlying or concurrent psychological problems that are disrupting recovery: 1. “Do you ever wake up between 2am and 4am and are unable to fall back to sleep for reasons other than pain? …

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response

Response

”The common response when first meeting someone is “and what do you do?”  Although the temptation is to reply “well, …
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adversity

Adversity

Adversity:  ”A study links family problems and other early life adversity to variation in brain structure in late adolescence …
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Surveilled

Being surveilled: ”We run quite a diagnostic risk when we take molecular examples of behavior and postulate that we have …
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