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: “The Epidemic”

Question: “We prescribed her a comparatively low dose of hydrocodone, a muscle relaxer, and a small amount of Valium.  She’ll be fine. This is our typical approach to treating chronic low back pain.”

Dr. Adams replies: Risky prescribing practices have resulted in an epidemic of opioid misuse, abuse, and harm.  Poor and outdated teaching, research and prescribing methods contribute greatly to this.

"There's been over 200,000 deaths from prescription opioids, hundreds of thousands of overdose admissions, and millions are addicted or dependent on prescription opioids.  …while some patients don't meet the classic definition of opioid use disorder, as many as 30% of patients actually have opioid use disorder or are severely dependent," [Gary Franklin, vice president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, said during a Webinar sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA).]

There are not enough data to justify the use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain, but there are sufficient data to demonstrate risk factors for self-harm.  The most common sources of opioid abuse and dependence is from the inappropriate treatment of fibromyalgia, headache and chronic low back pain.

Research indicates (Spine. 2008;33:199-204), that 14% of workers who sustained a low back injury were disabled at 1 year and that receiving opioids for at least 7 days at a cumulative dose of 150 mg morphine equivalent dose (MED) doubled the risk of being on disability 1 year later.

After adjusting for baseline reported pain, function, and injury severity…there is a dramatic increase in death when opioids are administered at a dose of 100 mg MED ―"but the risk of overdose is also two- to fivefold higher when that same opioid MED runs between 50 and 99 mg MED…(we need) to be paying a lot more attention to lower doses of opioids and never go over 100 mg MED."

A combination of an opioid and either a benzodiazepine (such as Valium) or another sedative-hypnotic (Eg. Ambien) or muscle relaxants, can dramatically adds to the risk for opioid harm, even at lower doses of opioids.

There are also many nonpharmacologic alternatives to long-term opioid use that are strongly supported by evidence. Graded exercise is well established as a good treatment modality for chronic pain, as are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, and various forms of meditation and yoga.”

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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: http://psychological.com

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

Blog: http://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: http://psychological.com

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

Blog: http://psychological.com/blog/

Forums: http://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: http://psychological.com

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

Blog: http://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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