Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

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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pre-operative

Pre-Operative

pre-operative anxiety” : Becoming anxious prior to surgery is a universal reaction in which the doubts and fears of the …
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holidays

Holidays

Holidays: “…would think that holidays would bring a reprieve from the suffering.” The common initial point of reference …
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naivete

Naivete

Naivete: He refuses MRI and CT scan saying that he would prefer not to know. A patient was referred to me who had completed …
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