Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Illness, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

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

Dependency THE FAMILY: The family should facilitate recovery not dependency, 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 …

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The Obstacle of Personality Disorder

We use the term “personality” to refer to the sum total of the characteristics that make each of us unique. It …
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separation

Separation

“Separation of Powers” She has been released by you, but she has not been released by her surgeon.” “A patient …
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families

Families

“It is more difficult for well-educated middle class people who come from intact families to identify with patients who …
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