Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Practice

“Please read articles associated with Evidence Based Practice.   It entails “applying the best available research results (evidence) when making decisions about health care. Health care professionals who perform evidence-based practice use research evidence along with clinical expertise and patient preferences.” The weak link in this equation can be “clinical expertise.” Evidence based practice must …

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Amputation

“You should find the articles below of interest in understanding the emotional response to amputation and the gender differences in psychological reactions to loss of body part.  When I was a kid, I had a barber named “Johnny,” and he owned a barbershop that was creatively named:  “Johnny’s Barber Shop.”   Johnny was doing quite …

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Families

“It is more difficult for well-educated middle class people who come from intact families to identify with patients who have had to struggle to survive.  So the first question I ask patients is whether they come from an intact family, and if not, what events conspired to result in their not being reared by biological …

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Purpose

Purpose Soon after asking why something has occurred, the most common follow-up thought is “what purpose does this serve…why do I deserve to suffer…who caused this…and if it was caused by me…what am I supposed to learn from this terrible event. Humans do not cope well with the concept of random events.  If we cannot …

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“Pain Behavior Research” “The self-perception of illness and disability is more correlated with unhealthy coping strategies and depression than it is with the actual physical damage.  This is why we see such a range in pain behaviors among our patients. When we can rule-out malingering, we are left with an awareness that we cannot understand …

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The Patient Who Lies

Everyone is, or should be, concerned about inappropriate claims. They are, today, a major aspects of problems not just in …
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Altered Lifestyle

There an obvious difference in response to injury…say between someone who hunts, fishes, works on cars and is generally …
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"Swaggering"

Why would someone complete high school and college, and go through a series of hurdles to eventually establish a profession …
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