Category: The Psychodiagnostic Process

Psychological Status

Psychological Status: An individual has a health crisis; this may be an illness or injury.   In the Emergency Department, they are treated according to the presenting complaint and degree of apparent urgency. The urgency, in turn, is partially determined by the patient’s emotional response but more importantly by the clinical significance of the complaint. Protocol …

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GAD

The most common cause of disability in the United States is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and affects almost 7 million adults in America each year (as contrasted to 2% of adults in Europe). Individuals with GAD, for a period of at least six months, excessively worry about finances, health, interpersonal (family, friendship) problems, and difficulties …

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BiPolar Disorders

Bipolar disorder, once known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of the disorder can be severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs of everyday life.  The symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job …

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Independent Medical Exam

The most effective IMEs occur when the patient really wishes to have an outside opinion to confirm that their recovery is on target and that treatment is accurate. The least effective IME is that which triggers from the patient suspicion, doubt, distrust, and resentment without providing the patient with new tools to cope with an …

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SCS Trial

“In order to have a stimulator (SCS) implant trial, you must have psychological clearance…the psychologist says that the patient needs a two day evaluation, and always recommends 10 visits of psychological care *before* the implant trial. Is there any validity to that?” Which part? The part where a three hour evaluation spans two days or …

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hypervigilance

Hypervigilance

Hypervigilance is a symptom. Vigilance is the ability to stay focused upon a task and/or concept for an extended period of …
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contradiction

Contradiction

Contradiction “We read two of your consultation reports last month.  One said that the patient lost 20 pounds which was …
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generalized

Generalized

Generalized Anxiety Anxiety is a milder form of fear, and as you know, fear is an essential emotion that protects us from …
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