Category: The Sociology of Injury

Money

Money: The patient’s focus upon the financial value of his/her claim adversely impacts psychological progress and should not be a focus of treatment. Here are three ways of conceiving the patient’s interest in the monetary value of an injury, and these, for some patients, are overlapping a. The patient has significant lost income over the …

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COPS

Police: I have consulted to police departments for decades. And the key differences are that police officers see their career choice, role, and stressors as unique to their form of work. Also, they see a specific structure of authority and a level of responsibility that is much less common outside law enforcement. The psychology of …

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Default Decisions

Decisions “A child may say that s/he does not like to read, does not like science or math, and that playing ball is boring. The reality may be that the child has difficulty learning language arts, cannot concentrate sufficiently to perform numerical calculations and/or lacks the coordination for sports. S/he has learned to denigrate and …

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Alienation

The post injury role is isolating, if not alienating, to be an injured worker. A serious injury is a uniquely frightening and anxiety-provoking experience. The amount of tissue damage is rarely understood by the patient. The medical terminology is confusing. The final diagnosis may come long after the injury. And each office visit, diagnostic study, …

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Preparing for the Afterlife

The workers’ compensation system is a confining one that is equal measure security and repression. Your income, health care and activities are controlled by a governing source. There is very little freedom and flexibility, and as the months and then years pass, the patient adapts to this passive-depedent role. Eventually, and sometimes abruptly, administrative closure …

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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 …
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hateful

Hateful

Hateful patients: It has always been irrational to be forced to treat a patient who is either physically threatening or emotionally …
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divorce

Divorce

Divorce: ¬†While the source of post-injury disharmony is most often financial, there are more insidious problems that arise …
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