Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

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. ┬áTheir 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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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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Psychological Overlay

When a patient begins to exhibit increased signs of entitlement and resentment, there is the concern that a variety of people …
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Dealing in Drugs

The primary provider should be dispensing and tracking the medication, but quite often he/she will simply state _this is …
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Resistance to Recovery – FESTER

You would think that patients want to recover as quickly as possible, but we find them actually slowing their own recovery. …
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