Category: The Sociology of Injury

The Injured Worker Community

There are communities where injured workers congregate at local restaurants and share, if not boast, about their role in workers_ compensation. What do you make of this? Is this not irrational?” Dr. Adams replies: The phenomenon is not unusual and not unexpected. In rural areas, there is a higher proportion of seasonal labor workers. These …

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Do Financially Compensated Patients Differ?

In the January (2000) issue of American Journal of Pain Management (Vol. 11, No. 1, pp 21-29) Drs. Girondo and Clark, both Veterans Administration Hospital psychologists, found that family income, total pain sites, and pain hospitalizations were more frequent in those who were on workers_ compensation and those involved in lawsuits regarding their pain. Also, …

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Injured women more likely to become depressed

A significant number of women in the general population may have undiagnosed and untreated mood disorders and anxiety, a new study reports. Among an unselected group of gynecologic patients, Swedish researchers, reporting in the January issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found 30% had a psychological disorder. Major depressive disorder was found …

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Assault Victims…and their recovery

There are work injuries that are the result of assault either by coworker or by someone committing a robbery. Husbands are the single greatest obstacle to recovery. They often feel their wife being assaulted impugned their masculinity. They have mobilized great anger, which they cannot adequately discharge. They are often blameful of those who attempt …

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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 “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 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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