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

Treatment Potentiating Problems

A panel surgeon referred an injured worker to a local psychologist. The psychologist reports that the injured worker is angry regarding his injury. The psychologist says that this man needs treatment for his anger. He began seeing the patient. It is now many months later, and he reports that the patient is still angry and want authorization for more care.

Being angry is, unfortunately, a frequent emotion following injured (another emotion is fear).

Anger is not a mental disorder.

Most injured workers feel that their injury was preventable, that someone was negligent and culpable. They feel that they suffer alone since the person causing the accident is most often unharmed.

This anger plays out in how they respond to their employer, their doctors and their insurer. They feel, sometimes accurately, that their care is delayed and of poor quality. This creates more anger.

They feel that they are demeaned and disparaged by panel physicians. And this makes them even angrier.

Unable, or unwilling, to deal with this, their primary provider then refers them to a psychologist.

The psychologist should be able to differentiate between being angry and having a diagnosable disorder. However, apparently many do not.

The patient is put into psychological treatment. This not only fails to resolve anger but anger is quite often potentiated when the psychologist assures them that they are, indeed, a victim and have every right to be enraged.

This is not treatment. This is a social relationship maintained to the patient’s detriment.

Anger is not a diagnosis; it is merely an accurate description of mood (as would be fear of surgery or sadness over finances).

Anger needs to be detected, reported and the patient encouraged to relinquish the anger and focus more upon recovery and less upon retaliation and bitterness.

If, however, the angry patient is not redirected to resolve this anger, they will be slow to recover (if at all) and soon learn that being petulant, resentful, spiteful and passive-aggressive becomes a lifestyle from which they do not escape.”


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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, the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, 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, the American Academy of Pain Management and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

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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