Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Illness, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

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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What The Patient Does

There are a number of injured workers who will (for reasons outlined below) cling to a belief even in the absence of findings …
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The Diagnostic Tool

In the ideal world, the patient reaches (MMI) maximum medical improvement with a Class level of (PPD) Permanent and Partial …
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"Doctor-Patient Relationship"

The doctor-patient relationship is the cornerstone to health and management of illness and injury. Patients in America have …
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