Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

U.S. Demographics

In 1997, there were 2.3 million marriages. Sixty percent of Americans were married at that time, 23% had never married, 9% were divorced, and 7% were widowed. Fifteen percent of Americans are single parents, 45% rely upon dual income and only 20% maintain the traditional breadwinner/homemaker roles. Fifty-three percent of couples have no children. The …

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Belligerence

Patients can become frustrated with their symptoms or delays in their care. They can become irritable. They can become aggrieved. Such patients most often calm rapidly when reassured, their needs are understood and attempts are made to meet those needs. Belligerent patients, however, cannot be soothed. Just when you think that you have made headway, …

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Sexual Abuse

Impact of Trauma At the combined annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies and the American Academy of Pediatrics Adolescents, it was reported that patients who say they were sexually abused are more likely to drink, smoke, use illegal drugs, exhibit eating disorders or report that they have contemplated suicide. As a risk factor for …

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Risk Factors

Risk of Injury The probability of psychological disorder pre-existing or even causing injury has increased. Mental disorders are becoming more widespread, beginning as early as the teens, according to the results of an international study. Most individuals with mental health problems are not treated at all, and nearly half do not seek treatment. ┬áTheir problems …

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Depression Detection

When you realize that major depressive disorder is often missed during the course of routine health care, there needs to be an approach that assures early detection. Need a quick and effective way to screen for detection of depression depression and a means to help remember what to look for? Here is a mnemonic that …

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Family Involvement

It is often very difficult for us to treat injured workers whose family members become intrusive and disruptive to the treatment …
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Alienation

The post injury role is isolating, if not alienating, to be an injured worker. A serious injury is a uniquely frightening …
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Kept Prisoner in Treatment

Most injured workers are sincere, suffering and want to rapidly return to work. Obviously, there are those who are too impaired …
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