Category: Emotional Factors

Amotivational

Amotivational:”This is an all too familiar dilemma and is best represented by a recent patient: He sustained a non-surgical back injury. Non-surgical, in his case, is defined as `he is too young to embark on a course of repeated surgeries so he must learn to tolerate his pain until surgery becomes mandatory.’ He was performing, …

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Alexithymia

Alexithymia: “A patient and his wife were sitting in front of me. The issue was that he was physically abusing her, but she felt that she would be worse-off without him. I asked him how he felt after he harmed her. He said “I feel bad”. I asked him how he felt before he struck …

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Bad Actors

Bad actors: You do not have to be a nice person to be a police officer. You do not have to have self-insight, a good philosophy of life, a moral compass or a love and respect for mankind. What is required is that you have the basic knowledge of your job, skills to carry out …

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Blame

Blame: The concept of living with permanent, even if partial, limitations evokes considerable anxiety in patients. We do not address the alarm that is evoked when it is apparent he/she “will be like this from now on.” In Freudian psychology, the concept of “displacement” was introduced to describe the process by which a patient reduces …

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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 a minimally skilled production job working with solvents. The solvent sprayer had an old and leaking hose which had spewed solvent upon him. There was an electrical short in …

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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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