Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

The causes of procrastination

Procrastination Procrastination is a behavior involving the delaying of actions to a later time. Procrastination is a way of coping with anxiety that is associated with starting or completing any task/decision. Researchers also have three criteria they use to categorize procrastination. To be “procrastination,” it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying. Importantly, while people procrastinate …

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Who Will Not Return to Work?

Return to Work As well as extent of energy, there are other factors that decrease the probability of return to work: a. Does the individual have a role-modeling adult authority in their past who has lived on disability benefits? b. Has the patient truly a career path or simply worked for sheer financial survival? c. …

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Who Should Be Treated?

Before the patient is treated: If formal psychological diagnostic exam reveals that a psychological disorder exists that has resulted from injury or been exacerbated by injury, then the following series of decisions must be made: a. Is the patient sufficiently motivated for change; interested in being treated? b. Is the patient intellectually capable of understanding …

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Recovery

The Process For many patients, the question can be stated: “If I cannot get a whole lot better…and I really do not know what¬†to do with my life…what possible advantage is there in seeing or presenting myself as maximally medically¬†improved.” And for some of these patients, they may be quite correct. After all, with the …

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Perpetuating Dependency

Patient Dependency THE FAMILY: The family should facilitate recovery, but my experience has been that most often it facilitates disability. Quite often, the family: a. increases the patient’s expression of dependency, b. encourages the patient to take greater amounts of medication so that the family will have to listen to less complaints, c. reinforces the …

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Painful Thinking

Painful Thinking “Executive functions” is a global term that is used to describe our cognitive skills: our ability …
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Narcissistic Insult

Narcissistic Insult

The Narcissistic Insult Concept Narcissism is excessive self-involvement. The patient sees him/herself as being possessed …
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Simple Truths

A patient could/should be provided with ten simple truths and cautions that others may never have told them: 1. Do not use …
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