Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression


“Disobedience” :  $290 billion is the estimated cost of medication to the US healthcare system each year. In a study of over 240,000 patients who were given a new prescription for an antidepressant, less than 30% were still taking the medication 6 months later. It is one of the most pressing issues in healthcare today. …

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Fantasy: psychological problems as an add-on at the end of a case in order to grow the claim. The complaints always occur just at the point of settlement. However, this is the more frequent pattern: After the patient was referred by occupational medicine to a surgeon, he was having problems with sleep, weight gain, impatience and …

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Depressed: There are two ways to approach the diagnosis of depression in an injured worker.  Allow me to provide you with the long and more precise method followed in five areas. Below this, I shall propose a very simple, brief and direct means of detecting the depressed patient? SLEEP Difficulty falling asleep Difficulty staying asleep …

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Jar:  The purpose of licensing laws, and the restriction on the use of specific terms, is intended to protect the public. While there are many articles in print and online about psychological disorders, the people that discuss these disorders on television, for example, are often not psychologists. The viewing public may have no awareness of …

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Nervous:  To determine if a patient has had past psychological problems, there is a simply and inoffensive way of asking key questions. There are many ways to explore the question, but one of the easiest and most direct is: “Has any doctor ever prescribed a drug like Xanax or Zoloft for your patients, and do …

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“Prepared” ….if I had paid attention…if he had known what he was doing…if I could do it all over…if only I had …
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Ability vs. Disability: While total disability means the injured or ill worker cannot work at all, PPD (permanent partial …
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The helping professions were, at one time, recruited from those who made the declaration that “I just like helping …
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