Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Disability – Looking for Alternatives

Disability Disability becomes a relative term after an examination is made of residual abilities. If we look at those who are disabled, or claim to be disabled, and you separate out those who are validly, clinically, depressed, we find that the depressed patients feel helpless. They believe that there is nothing which they personally can …

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Hopelessness & Suicide

Hopelessness While most of us will feel helpless at times, and many of us will describe a particular situation as hopeless, fewof us will see our life itself as hopeless. Hopelessness in this context involves several major aspects, among those are: a. Fear of the future b. Negative future expectancy In these cases, the future …

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The Concept of Pathoplasticity

Pathoplasticity Regardless of what illness or injury we have incurred, no two of us appear to respond the same to almost identical situations. This is the concept of pathoplasticity. When we have the flu, or a sprained ankle, or a bruised knee, we have different levels of alarm, concern, expectancy and different ways of responding, …

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The Concept of Depressed Mood

Depressed Mood Depressive disorders are a complex combination of numerous physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. It is estimated that ~8% of the general population suffers from depression at any given time. However, depression is not, itself, a disabling condition, and mood is only part of the concern. It is characterized by a series of psychological …

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The causes of procrastination

Procrastination Procrastination is a behavior involving the delaying of actions to a later time. Procrastination is a way of coping with anxiety that is associated with starting or completing any task/decision. Researchers also have three criteria they use to categorize procrastination. To be “procrastination,” it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying. Importantly, while people procrastinate …

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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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