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 Weeks Topic: “Why Treatment Fails"

Question: "cannot relate to him, just feels like an empty vessel..."

Dr. Adams replies: "A patient and his wife were sitting in front of me. The issue was that he was physically abusing her, but she felt that she would be worse-off without him.

I asked him how he felt after he harmed her. He said “I feel bad”.

I asked him how he felt before he struck her, and he replied “I feel bad.”

I told him that “bad” is not an emotion and did he, in fact, know what he felt.

He replied that he certainly did and took a crumbled piece of paper from his pocket and read from it. He then proudly stated “well, in group (therapy), they told me to write down these emotions they were discussing. So I guess I feel jealous...or frustrated...or maybe angry...or could be frightened...not certain.”

I then asked him how she felt when he struck her. He replied “I have not a clue...maybe pain?”

"Alexithymia" is a marked dysfunction in emotional awareness, social attachment, and interpersonal relating. These individuals have difficulty in distinguishing and appreciating the emotions of others, leading them to be un-empathetic with ineffective emotional responding to others. Alexithymia is a personality trait that places individuals at risk for physical disorders while reducing the likelihood that they will respond to conventional care. They are not “psychologically minded” and lack "emotional intelligence,” the connection between their physical and their emotional world. This personality trait appears to be enduring.

Such individuals have deficiencies in identifying, describing, and working with their own feelings, and a lack of understanding of the feelings of other. They have restricted imagination with concrete thinking and inability to use emotional response to solve problems. For example, their dream life is not rich. They may dream of going for a walk, sitting by a stream, or cleaning a room. They lack intuition and live a rather robotic existence.

A distinguishing factor is their inability to elaborate feelings beyond restricted adjectives such as "happy" or "unhappy". There is often an impaired quality of life, inability to emotionally relate to others or benefit from social interaction.

There is evidence that there may be a genetic basis for alexithymia, a problem with areas of the brain communicating and a deficit in capacity for learning emotional cues and differentiating between bodily sensations and the emotions triggering them.

Alexithymic patients are unlikely to benefit from traditional psychological approaches, to effectively understand the emotional cause and impact of their illness or injury, and/or to benefit from usual and customary treatment for medical and surgical care.


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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.
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