Category: The Psychodiagnostic Process

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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PTSD? Four Dead in Ohio

On Thursday, April 30, 1970, President Richard Nixon announced the movement of our troops into Cambodia (the Cambodian Incursion). This furthered the anti-war protests among college students. On Friday, May 1, 1970, Kent State Students gather to protest. On Sunday, May 3, 1970, Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes called the student protesters un-American, referring to them …

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Harm

Harm:  There may be an unwritten policy to disallow “psychic” claims. The term “psychic”, by definition, …
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Vice Grip

Vice-Grip: Within workers’ compensation there is continual pressure to address only that which seems immediately and …
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Following

Following a psychological report can be laborious. Logically, diagnostic reports should begin with conclusions and recommendations …
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