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 Angry or Enraged Patient

Anger can be a predominately male defense against expressing the true feelings of fear and futility. Anger is an effective …
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Disadvantageous Position

Disadvantageous: There are all manner of complications if I become ill or injured. Indeed, many things around each of us …
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Insomnia & Recovery

A patient who does not sleep well is unlikely to fully participate in rehabilitation efforts, and the patient will be irritable, …
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