Category: Depressive Disorders

Awareness

Awareness: A patient states that s/he has problems concentrating, making decisions, deriving any pleasure from life, has sleep and eating changes and is irritable and forgetful, you suspect that the patient is depressed. If inquiry stops there, then this depressive disorder is assumed to arise from the work-related injury and its aftermath. It is outside …

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Major Depressive Disorder – Revisited

Depressive Disorders There is considerable misunderstanding about Major Depressive Disorder, including the degree of impairment that arises, whether it constitutes a disability, and whether it is more severe than other mood (or even adjustment) disorders. The key point is the interpretation of the word “Major” by non-clinicians. Arguably the term was not well chosen. Patients …

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Depressed Patients

Here are some facts that relate to all individuals, followed by some that are specific to injured workers. One in 11 teens develop depression. The illness is twice as common in women (but that may be solely due to women being more likely to seek care). While depression can develop at any age, it is …

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Depression Statistics

Here are some facts that relate to all individuals, followed by some that are specific to injured workers. One in 11 teens develop depression. The illness is twice as common in women (but that may be solely due to women being more likely to seek care). While depression can develop at any age, it is …

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Second Wave Depression

“There are two times when depression emerges in the case of work-related injury: 1. The patient feels the injury “ruined my life and no one cares.” This arises, as discussed, when there is insufficient education, training, job skills and, sometimes, motivation to perform or even seek out alternate work within permanent limitations. Unfortunately, aside from …

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burn

Burn: I had a patient who was barely 21 at the time of his injury. He was shy, poorly educated and had never dated. He had …
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hateful

Hateful

Hateful patients: It has always been irrational to be forced to treat a patient who is either physically threatening or emotionally …
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divorce

Divorce

Divorce:  While the source of post-injury disharmony is most often financial, there are more insidious problems that arise …
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