Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

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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The Sociology of Injury

If work is solely for money, then money can replace work. However, when an individual is out of work, his/her role in the family and society changes. Not aggressively returning a patient to productivity is arguably the greatest disservice we can do to them. Most of us spend the first 2+ decades learning how to …

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Disorder vs. Disability

The Diagnostic & Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders lists the known psychological disorders and the symptoms that are necessary for that diagnosis to apply. In the introduction of that manual, it clearly states: __mental disorders may not be wholly relevant to legal judgments_individual responsibility, disability determination and competency._ The most potentially disabling disorders such as …

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Impotent Rage

For many males working in blue collar, labor-intensive positions, their power, strength, stamina and (often) tenuous financial position is the only evidence of their masculine identity. They are angered that this has been _taken away_ by their injury. They are angry with their doctors, angry with their nurse case manager, angry with their adjustor_angry with …

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Needful

Being needful and being dependent are not the same thing. After meeting the basic needs of life, the next concern is whether …
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Medication

Medication: ”A competent and ethical prescriber must consider two factors at the same time: am I providing pain relief, …
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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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