Category: Symptoms

Disorder – Why Lie

Beginning with cases in which an individual believes that he/she has a disorder, we can then discuss those who consciously emulate a disorder for complex reasons. An individual who continues to believe that s/he has a disorder despite repeated medical reassurance to the contrary may be suffering from Illness Anxiety Disorder. This is one of …

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Bipolar and Injury

Bipolar Bipolar Disorder Emerging: Here is a significant defect in the conceptualization of injury. Take the example of a stock worker who falls from a ladder a distance of six feet and lands upon her right knee and hip. She has immediate knee pain for which examination and treatment is begun. The knee is a …

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Diagnoses – Part II

The most common disorder we see among injured workers is what is referred to as an Adjustment Disorder. Stressors for people of any age include divorce or problems with a relationship, general life changes, illness or other health issues in yourself or a loved one, moving to a different home or a different city, unexpected …

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Questionable Behavior

Either to increase the effects of pain medication or to serve as a substitute for them, injured workers will sometimes use alcohol and marijuana to self-medicate. Alcohol brings on its own series of problems, and the chronic pain patient may drink throughout the day, complicating the effects of one or more of medications prescribed. Marijuana …

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Trauma in America

“There is a difference between angry people who become injured and injured people who become angry. The simple truth is that we do not know a great deal about a patient until that person is injured and enters care. Even then, we only know the injury. We cannot make the assumption that each case is …

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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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