Category: Emotional Factors

Using Narcissism to Mobilize the Patient

Using Narcissism to Mobilize the Patient Narcissistic people crave attention and acclaim. They wish to be the center of attention and want to be seen as unique, gifted and special. When such individuals are injured, they can become deeply entrenched in the attention, affection and praise provided by the family. There is, however, a way …

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Holiday Crises Among Patients

When we approach a holiday season where the patient feels increased financial pressure, and concurrently often less access to their doctors, there is increased agitation. Benefit checks mailed during this time period may arrive late. Vacation scheduled may interfere with adjustor or nurse case manager availability. Pharmacy hours may complicate receipt of medication especially in …

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Rage Against Oneself

It was once believed that all depression was nothing more than rage directed against the self. We now know it is, for some, a great deal more complex. However, when an individual realizes that he/she has not completed an education, has not worked toward a career goal, has placed himself/herself in harm_s way by having …

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Free-Floating Fear

Anxiety is a fear that has become diffuse. It is normal to become concerned after an injury, concerned about the discomfort, about one’s career, about finances and about the family. In some cases, the anxiety becomes more of a problem than the injury. The individual becomes so anxious that they cannot understand what they are …

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The Exceptional Patient

Atypical Patient Needs Some would argue that the patient who wants to return to work is the exception. However, the true exception is the highly educated, managerial-executive patient who is unprepared for the nature of the workers-compensation system. Such individuals are not familiar with a health care system in which they have so little input, …

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Satisfaction

Satisfaction for patient and provider: A survey in 2013 reported that: “An alarming 70% of those surveyed in a recent …
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Checkers

Checkers vs. Chess: “It may be difficult to trace the origins of healthcare becoming a competitive sport where doctors …
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Partial Malingering

A patient can have a valid disorder yet still be malingering (falsifying complaints for purposes of tangible gain). Malingering …
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