Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Hateful

Hateful patients: It has always been irrational to be forced to treat a patient who is either physically threatening or emotionally abusive. While patients certainly have a right to their emotions, hateful do not have the right to translate them into physical or verbal behavior. There is a commonly held misperception among the lay public …

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Divorce

Divorce:  While the source of post-injury disharmony is most often financial, there are more insidious problems that arise after injury. And they are less easily resolved. While it is theoretically possible for injury to drive emotional closeness – the healthy partner nurtures the injured partner – in the real world, injury often drives them to …

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Somatoform Pain

Somatoform: The term “somatoform” derived from concept that, for some patients, pain emerges from purely emotional causes, and that it cannot be due to injury in such patients. This was far from accurate, and invariably insurers and attorneys had the same question that you pose: “Is this all in their head?” or better put “Are …

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Passive-Dependency

Passive-Dependency: When rearing children, there are a series of critical life stages, but arguably the most important is that related to autonomy/independence. For selfish reasons, we may not want them to grow up, but for healthy reasons, we must encourage them to do so. The child must become self-sufficient, self-sustaining and build a new life …

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Fear of Re-injury

Re-Injury: A person who cannot tolerate a return to the environment in which a injury/trauam occurred can be suffering from PTSD. However, there are a variety of valid reasons why an injured worker cannot, and perhaps should not, return to the environment in which he./she was injured. Re-injury: Here are several valid concerns related to …

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Feeling Their Pain

Feeling the misery of others is a dubious task. Many patients feel that none of their friends, family or prior co-workers appreciate the extent …
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Onset

Sleep Onset and Sleep Maintenance We do know that psychological disorders are comorbid (occur together) with sleep disorders. …
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The Mill

The Mill: I had a patient with a persistent headache and dizziness. He told his friend, a gastroenterologist, about the symptoms. …
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