Category: Disability & The Family

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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Work Ethic

Work Ethic Most species including man have a genetic need to work and play; a work ethic. You see examples not only of mammals engaged in both but also reptiles, birds and insects. In effect, we all have work to perform and are not emotionally or biologically fulfilled in the absence of work. Even toddlers …

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Injury and Intimacy

Injury and intimacy: After injury, with a combination of pain (often mechanical), medication and depression, libido is largely absent and physical contact is avoided. There can be a problem with intimacy in the marriages of injured workers. This may have existed to some extent prior to injury, but it was managed within the marriage/relationship. Then …

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Resistance to Recovery: Resentment of the Cause and Outcome of Disability

“More often than not, lost time injury cases “F.E.S.T.E.R – feat, education, secondary gain, threat, expectancy and resentment. The retaliatory drive that frequently governs society is often difficult to fully comprehend. Seeking of revenge/justice/restitution is a central component in many societies. The concept of self as victim and the corollary perception that someone else must …

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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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