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: Topic: Self-Deception

Question: “He was delivering for a local furniture store and now says his “career is over and claims to be depressed.” 

Dr. Adams replies: “In psychoanalytic theory, a model that is rarely discussed today, is the concept of “regression in the service of the ego.” 

This sounds weighty, but bear with me: 

When we are under severe duress, stress, demand, to protect our emotional well being (our ego) we retreat to very primitive ways of thinking.  This regression is neither healthy nor unhealthy; it is merely a characteristic of our daily functioning. 

Irrational responses are regressive. One has to be regressive in order to have an emotional response to art, to a sporting event…or to falling in love.   The determining factor as to whether the regression is healthy is whether such primitive responses are adaptive or maladaptive. An example of adaptive regression is when an artist or musician can delve into these primitive thoughts and be creative (Salvador Dali) or be destroyed by them (Vincent van Gough) 

If a man of limited education and equally limited training is injured, he will retreat to a primitive belief that protects him from self-loathing, humiliation and vulnerability.  He may, indeed, delude himself into believing that his modest job was a career track from which he has now been derailed.  He may well build upon that belief over time, seeing few financial options. Perhaps carrying continued discomfort or limitations, he begins to convince others and himself that “but-for this injury” he would have been a success in life. Now that the injury has occurred, his chances for a productive life have been taken from him.  

Interestingly, what I concurrently see, is a self-deception that he has plans to be retrained and/or educated, his goals are quite unrealistic, and intended to feed his diminished sense of worth.  For example, he was delivering for a pharmacy and now considers becoming a pharmacist without a concept of what that would entail, merely that it would enable him work other than delivery driving. 

Merely because we can see the distortion does not mean that the patient, without assistance, will understand and resolve his own false beliefs.” 


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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, 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, and the Academy of  Consultation Liaison Psychiatry.

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.
404-851-9286 Fax




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