Category: The Sociology of Injury

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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Social Isolation

It 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, procedure, referral, or …

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Processing Medical Visits

Injured workers often have a need to discuss their visits to their physicians. They will telephone those whom they feel serve an advocate role and will call for several reasons: 1. The most common is the feeling that their central problem is not being addressed by their authorized treating physician. They do not organize their …

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compliance

Compliance

Compliance: His wife called and said that he has been very depressed. So we scheduled him for an appointment. He has failed …
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commitment

Commitment

Commitment: “The most common reason for being referred for psychotherapy is to help resolve a conflict. This may be …
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mismanagement

Mis-management

Mis-Management: Many psychological complications arise from case mis-management when clear signs of emerging problems go …
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