Education

Lectures, Seminars & Workshops

Lectures, Seminars and Workshops available to the business and professional community.

EducationEducation: Currently Available Topics

  • Psychological Aspects of Work-Related Injury
  • Mood Disorders Affecting Physical Pain
  • Personality Types in Medical Management
  • Overcoming Fear of Re-Injury
  • Catastrophic InjuriesSomatoform Disorders - Somatoform Pain and Conversion
  • Factitious disorders
  • Depression and Anxiety Complicating Recovery from Work Injury
  • Factors in Lumbar, Cervical & Carpal Tunnel Injuries
  • Posttraumatic and Acute Stress Disorders
  • Pre- and Post Surgical Cases: Psychological Complications and Solutions
  • The Aging Injured Worker
  • Personal Injury: Exacerbated, Exaggerated or Fabricated

Seminars are typically scheduled on Friday mornings, although alternate accommodations can be made for regional, annual, lunch and learn, or other special presentation needs.

To arrange a seminar, call Atlanta Medical Psychology at 404-252-6454 to determine date availability and coordinate media needs. Past audiences include:

  • The Georgia Board of Workers' Compensation
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Georgia Association of Occupational Medicine
  • Georgia Nursing Association
  • Risk management associations
  • Nurse case management companies
  • Employers and insurers

Case Management Update

This Week's Topic: “FOP and FA”

Question: “She admits that she is not always in pain but still she winces, moves very slowly and states that it is not the pain itself but fear.”

Dr. Adams replies: An unresolved orthopedic injury leads to the belief, strengthened over time that any use of the affected area will result in pain. The concept of use becomes associated with a fear of the onset of pain. This belief is the gateway between the acute pain of injury and the chronic pain that characterizes self-perceived disability.

The patient must be taught that fear and avoidance can be a much greater limitation than the injury itself.

“…literature has used the fear avoidance (FA) model to explain the transition from acute to chronic pain...fear of pain (FOP), the fear of physical movement or activity due to a presumed susceptibility to pain, develops when pain is perceived as being threatening or harmful.

FOP restricts physical performance, leads to over-predictions of pain and correlates strongly with self-reported disability and in the broader chronic pain literature, appears to be more disabling than pain itself.

…Specifically, individuals with high FOP manifest hypervigilance to both the physiological symptoms of pain (eg, sympathetic arousal) and environmental stimuli…

When prolonged beyond the point of recovery, hypervigilance prompts avoidance of activities in contexts unrelated to pain, and contributes to physical deconditioning, social withdrawal, and increased functional impairment. As avoidance behavior minimizes the likelihood of pain onset and thus continues because it is negatively reinforced, these behaviors maintain and strengthen FOP and related disability over time.” (The Role of Fear of Pain in Headaches, July 24, 2015, Medscape)

Stewart WF, Ricci JA, Chee E, Morganstein D, Lipton R. Lost productivity time and cost due to common pain conditions in the US workforce. JAMA. 2003;290:2443–2454.

Lethem J, Slade PD, Troup JD, Bentley G. Outline of a fear-avoidance model of exaggerated pain perception. Behav Res Ther. 1983;21:401–408.

Swinkels-Meewisse IE, Roelofs J, Verbeek AL, Oostendorp RA, Vlaeyen JW. Fear of movement/(re)injury, disability, and participation in acute low back pain. Pain. 2003;105:371–379.

Vlaeyen JW, Linton SJ. Fear-avoidance and its consequences in chronic musculoskeletal pain: A state of the art. Pain. 2000;85:317–332.

Crombez G, Vervaet L, Lysens P, Baeyens F, Eelen P. Avoidance and confrontation of painful, back straining movements in chronic back pain patients. Behav Modif. 1998;22:62–77.

Crombez G, Vlaeyen JWS, Heuts PHTG, Lysens R. Fear of pain is more disabling than pain itself. Evidence on the role of pain-related fear in chronic back pain disability. Pain. 1999;80:329–340.

 

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Bio

Dr. David B. Adams is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and pain disorders in adults.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Adams consults to physicians, attorneys, employers and insurers in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, disability determination and psychological complications in work-related injuries. He performs stimulator-implant-candidacy evaluations.

Dr. Adams is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology, a member of the American Psychosomatic Society, the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, and a platinum member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

He is Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and it's Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice, the Division of Psychotherapy; the Society of Clinical Psychology, the American Academy of Pain Management and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Adams is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and the University of Alabama with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Clinical Training of the Devereux Foundation (Philadelphia).

Dr. Adams is the author of greater than sixty articles on the impact of psychological functioning upon claims of disability. He is a well-known presenter of seminars and regional workshops, addressing the psychological aspects of physical disease and injury.

His practice is located in The Medical Quarters, adjacent to Northside, Scottish Rite and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospitals in north Atlanta.

Atlanta Medical Psychology
5555 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, N.E.
The Medical Quarters - Suite 251
Atlanta, GA 30342-1703.
404.252.6454
404-851-9286 Fax
psychological.com
AtlantaMedicalPsychology@gmail.com

_______________________________________
website: https://psychological.com

Online Referral: https://psychological.com/consultation-form/

Blog: https://psychological.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-David-B-Adams-Atlanta-Medical-Psychology/125163154184131

Linkedin: Dr. David B. Adams

Twitter: @doctoradams

Google Places: https://plus.google.com/+PsychologicalDoctorAdams/posts

_______________________________________
website: https://psychological.com

Online Referral: https://psychological.com/consultation-form/

Blog: https://psychological.com/blog/

Forums: https://psychological.com/discuss/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-David-B-Adams-Atlanta-Medical-Psychology/125163154184131

Linkedin: Dr. David B. Adams

Twitter: @doctoradams

Google Places: https://plus.google.com/+PsychologicalDoctorAdams/posts

________________________________________

Bio

Dr. David B. Adams is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and pain disorders in adults.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Adams consults to physicians, attorneys, employers and insurers in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, disability determination and psychological complications in work-related injuries. He performs stimulator-implant-candidacy evaluations.

Dr. Adams is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology, a member of the American Psychosomatic Society, the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, and a platinum member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

He is Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and it's Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice, the Division of Psychotherapy; the Society of Clinical Psychology, the American Academy of Pain Management and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Adams is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and the University of Alabama with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Clinical Training of the Devereux Foundation (Philadelphia).

Dr. Adams is the author of greater than sixty articles on the impact of psychological functioning upon claims of disability. He is a well-known presenter of seminars and regional workshops, addressing the psychological aspects of physical disease and injury.

His practice is located in The Medical Quarters, adjacent to Northside, Scottish Rite and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospitals in north Atlanta.

Atlanta Medical Psychology
5555 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, N.E.
The Medical Quarters - Suite 251
Atlanta, GA 30342-1703.
404.252.6454
404-851-9286 Fax
psychological.com
AtlantaMedicalPsychology@gmail.com

_______________________________________

website: https://psychological.com

Online Referral: https://psychological.com/consultation-form/

Blog: https://psychological.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-David-B-Adams-Atlanta-Medical-Psychology/125163154184131

Linkedin: Dr. David B. Adams

Twitter: @doctoradams

Google Places: https://plus.google.com/+PsychologicalDoctorAdams/posts

________________________________________

Bio

Dr. David B. Adams is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and pain disorders in adults.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Adams consults to physicians, attorneys, employers and insurers in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, disability determination and psychological complications in work-related injuries. He performs stimulator-implant-candidacy evaluations.

Dr. Adams is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology, a member of the American Psychosomatic Society, the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, and a platinum member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

He is Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and it's Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice, the Division of Psychotherapy; the Society of Clinical Psychology, the American Academy of Pain Management and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Adams is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and the University of Alabama with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Clinical Training of the Devereux Foundation (Philadelphia).

Dr. Adams is the author of greater than sixty articles on the impact of psychological functioning upon claims of disability. He is a well-known presenter of seminars and regional workshops, addressing the psychological aspects of physical disease and injury.

His practice is located in The Medical Quarters, adjacent to Northside, Scottish Rite and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospitals in north Atlanta.

Atlanta Medical Psychology
5555 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, N.E.
The Medical Quarters - Suite 251
Atlanta, GA 30342-1703.
404.252.6454
404-851-9286 Fax
psychological.com
AtlantaMedicalPsychology@gmail.com

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