Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Reinjury

Reinjury fear: 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 …

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Needful

Being needful and being dependent are not the same thing. After meeting the basic needs of life, the next concern is whether life will be, in some form, unique or special. The idea of being commonplace and ignorable is a painful reality for most people. The thought that their lives will be mundane and forgettable …

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Medication

Medication: ”A competent and ethical prescriber must consider two factors at the same time: am I providing pain relief, but also is this patient drug seeking and appropriately using these drugs? Even though patients are increasingly looking at non-drug treatment alternatives. These include physical therapy, injections and massage. Prescribers may high endorse those alternatives, having …

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Response

”The common response when first meeting someone is “and what do you do?”  Although the temptation is to reply “well, as little as I can,” most individuals respond with their job title, profession or business.  We are seen, and see ourselves, in terms of that which we do to earn a living. The science of …

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Adversity

Adversity:  ”A study links family problems and other early life adversity to variation in brain structure in late adolescence and an increased risk for depression and anxiety among boys.“  When we have an injured worker who has become depressed, we need to know how much of this is an expected consequence for that individual.  Not …

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Critical Stages and Critical Ages for Injury

From a psychological perspective, there are ages of life or stages of life in which injury is better handled and ages at …
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Fear of Failure

Not all of those who fail to return to work are unmotivated or manipulative. So why do not the majority of the return to …
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Antidepressants and Pain

A patient sustained a significant back injury. This was three years ago. He eventually had surgery, and then they sent him …
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