Category: Emotional Factors

Betrayal Of The Patient

Aside from anger, fear and depression, there are other specific negative emotions that impact injured workers during the course of care. Four emotions conspire to complicate recovery. You mentioned the top three in order: anger, fear and depression. But there is a fourth, and it is equally as disruptive. It is the perception that they …

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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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traumatic

Traumatic

Traumatic events: As an employer, do you want the employee back in the workforce before s/he has had ample time for treatment, …
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freedom

Freedom

Freedom: It is important to look at the patient’s history of medical compliance. One of the forms patients complete …
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family

Family

A psychological disorder by definition exists when there is an impairment in social and occupational functioning.  The individual …
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