Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Single Factor Theory of Return to Work

The single factor that is most problematic in returning an ill or injured worker to productivity is the financial myths that patients carry. They are told that if they get better, they will receive less money. They are told that those who are treating them are only invested in payment for services, not their recovery. …

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Hysterical Patients

Hysterical (histrionic) The term hysterical comes from hysterus (implying “wandering uterus”) since the earliest observations of these patients was that their complaints migrated from one site to another. Fix one thing and up crops another. It has been referred to as conversion disorder often concurrent with histrionic personality disorder. Such patients are uncomfortable when they …

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Narcissistic Insult

The Narcissistic Insult Concept Narcissism is excessive self-involvement. The patient sees him/herself as being possessed of great talent or achievements and wants recognition for obvious superiority. Such individuals perceive themselves as powerful, brilliant and/or beautiful, and they believe that they are special, unique and want a great deal of admiration. They have a sense of …

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Disability – Looking for Alternatives

Disability Disability becomes a relative term after an examination is made of residual abilities. If we look at those who are disabled, or claim to be disabled, and you separate out those who are validly, clinically, depressed, we find that the depressed patients feel helpless. They believe that there is nothing which they personally can …

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Hopelessness & Suicide

Hopelessness While most of us will feel helpless at times, and many of us will describe a particular situation as hopeless, fewof us will see our life itself as hopeless. Hopelessness in this context involves several major aspects, among those are: a. Fear of the future b. Negative future expectancy In these cases, the future …

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empathy

Empathy Sympathy

Empathy vs. Sympathy Empathy, sympathy and compassion are often poorly understood, inadequately defined and easily confused. …
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Referral Annoyances

In the ideal world, the primary treating physician is a member of the employer_s panel. That ideal panel would consist solely …
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Suitability for Care

There are cases in which the patient is depressed but does not want treatment. Being lost in the health care delivery system …
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