Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Illness, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Approaching

Approaching We humans live with primitive defenses that are intended to block anxiety. Anxiety is a free-floating and often unbound fear that keeps us agitated and fearful.  To cope with this, our first line of defense is repression, simply failing to admit into consciousness that problems are confronting us.Concurrently, we maintain a firm grip on …

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Control

The Issue of Control:  “There is decidedly a loss of personal control over everyone’s health care. You may have an insurance company that dictates who is covered on your plan. You may never have a satisfying relationship with this physician since you may have had little control over who has been selected for you. You have …

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Traits

Personality *traits* are patterns of thoughts and behavior that complicate social and occupational interaction. While these traits resemble the maladaptive patterns that we call *personality disorders,* the presence of a trait is not a diagnosis of a disorder. We are all anxious at one time or another, but when that anxiety continues unabated and interferes …

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Treatment

“Treatment Boundaries and Limitations” “When a private patient is referred, the limitation on the number of visits may be set by the health insurance carrier, but most often is unlimited.  Approval is diagnosis-dependent and includes both situational (marital, occupational) problems and the emergence of enduring long term problems (major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, addictive disorders, …

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Separation

“Separation of Powers” She has been released by you, but she has not been released by her surgeon.” “A patient is referred to me because there are emotional and behavior concerns or complications to a physical injury. The patient is referred because it is believed that psychological factors will impede physical recovery. While the psychological …

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Relentlessly Depressed Patients

In a recent discussion of this topic, it was stated: “The lifetime risk of developing a depressive episode now approaches …
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Work Injury and Arrest Record

Often a patient is forced into a semi-skilled or unskilled occupation due to criminal history. Thus, we see patients of above …
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Developmental History & Failure to Recover

The developmental history of an injured or ill patient is critical for many reasons. 1. If the patient comes from a family …
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