Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

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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The Concept of Pathoplasticity

Pathoplasticity Regardless of what illness or injury we have incurred, no two of us appear to respond the same to almost identical situations. This is the concept of pathoplasticity. When we have the flu, or a sprained ankle, or a bruised knee, we have different levels of alarm, concern, expectancy and different ways of responding, …

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The Concept of Depressed Mood

Depressed Mood Depressive disorders are a complex combination of numerous physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. It is estimated that ~8% of the general population suffers from depression at any given time. However, depression is not, itself, a disabling condition, and mood is only part of the concern. It is characterized by a series of psychological …

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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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contradiction

Contradiction

Contradiction “We read two of your consultation reports last month.  One said that the patient lost 20 pounds which was …
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Alcohol and Injury

The back injury that has been under treatment for several years, surgery was never indicated. Abruptly, the claimant sees …
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surveillance

Surveillance

Surveillance as a Disincentive to Recovery “…he’s supposed to be disabled and here he was working in his yard, …
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