Lectures, Seminars & Workshops

Lectures, Seminars and Workshops available to the business and professional community.

EducationEducation: Currently Available Topics

  • Psychological Aspects of Work-Related Injury
  • Mood Disorders Affecting Physical Pain
  • Personality Types in Medical Management
  • Overcoming Fear of Re-Injury
  • Catastrophic InjuriesSomatoform Disorders - Somatoform Pain and Conversion
  • Factitious disorders
  • Depression and Anxiety Complicating Recovery from Work Injury
  • Factors in Lumbar, Cervical & Carpal Tunnel Injuries
  • Posttraumatic and Acute Stress Disorders
  • Pre- and Post Surgical Cases: Psychological Complications and Solutions
  • The Aging Injured Worker
  • Personal Injury: Exacerbated, Exaggerated or Fabricated

Seminars are typically scheduled on Friday mornings, although alternate accommodations can be made for regional, annual, lunch and learn, or other special presentation needs.

To arrange a seminar, call Atlanta Medical Psychology at 404-252-6454 to determine date availability and coordinate media needs. Past audiences include:

  • The Georgia Board of Workers' Compensation
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Georgia Association of Occupational Medicine
  • Georgia Nursing Association
  • Risk management associations
  • Nurse case management companies
  • Employers and insurers

Case Management Update

This Week's Topic: “Ruining It for Me”

Question: “…tells me that he is the only honest one and the rest are criminals…” 

Dr. Adams replies: “Sitting next to a man who has painted his head red and his body blue at a football game is either amusing or annoying.  It is, however, your choice to be there, and nothing about his decisions, behaviors or emotions need to impact you accept as an imposition of noise.

In the waiting room of any healthcare office, you are exposed to other patients who may share your problems and goals, but as with the guy in the stadium, the goals, methods and objectives of other patients may be quite dissimilar from your own.

In occupational medicine, pain management, and surgeon’s waiting rooms, the deserving and high integrity patient may/will meet those who are manipulating for drugs and other goals.  While the patients become aware of this, the providers may not.   Under the assumption that all patients are faithful to the true, nefarious motives are not often considered.

However, the patient attempting to cope with limitations, applying for social security disability benefits or simply gaining emotional support are understandable offended by the unscrupulous and manipulative fellow patient.  Such patients will often regale others with how clever, creative and ingenious they have been in having their needs met and goals achieved. 

Worse than having to give audience to such individuals, the patient fears, often with a degree of accuracy that s/he is seen no differently than is the devious patient.  Thus, they question whether being honest and faithful to the truth is actually appreciated, and are they distinguishing themselves from these conniving individuals.

This is a topic that is not spontaneously mention by a patient until that time when benefits checks are late, authorization is postponed and they feel they are treated dismissively.  At that time, with very little probing, they are forthcoming as to how they have become martyrs to the truth while others are using their complaints as a means of defying the “system.

The take away is that patients, at their most vulnerable time, are exposed to others without sincere motives and must serve the dual role of fidelity to the truth and, concurrently, trying not to resent those who are not doing so.” 



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Dr. David B. Adams is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and pain disorders in adults.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Adams consults to physicians, attorneys, employers and insurers in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, disability determination and psychological complications in work-related injuries. He performs stimulator-implant-candidacy evaluations.

Dr. Adams is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology, a member of the American Psychosomatic Society, and a platinum member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

He is Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and it's Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice, the Division of Psychotherapy; the Society of Clinical Psychology, and the Academy of  Consultation Liaison Psychiatry.

Dr. Adams is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and the University of Alabama with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Clinical Training of the Devereux Foundation (Philadelphia).

Dr. Adams is the author of greater than sixty articles on the impact of psychological functioning upon claims of disability. He is a well-known presenter of seminars and regional workshops, addressing the psychological aspects of physical disease and injury.

His practice is located in The Medical Quarters, adjacent to Northside, Scottish Rite and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospitals in north Atlanta.

Atlanta Medical Psychology
5555 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, N.E.
The Medical Quarters - Suite 251
Atlanta, GA 30342-1703.
404-851-9286 Fax


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