Tag: <span>injury</span>

Injury

Injury: If a wealthy man were to win the Lottery, his spending behavior is unlikely to be significantly altered. He was already in touch with his material and investment needs and was deprived of neither. A sudden influx of lottery money is most often applied to the same rules and limits that he has acquired. …

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Goal Gradient

The Goal Gradient: Importantly, those who determine functional capacity, maximum medical improvement and/or permanent and partial disability, quite often have no understanding of the patient’s life either before or after settlement. The “goal gradient” is a concept from psychological learning theory in which our behavior increases the closer we get to a goal (settlement). An …

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The Vacation

Vacation Imposed by Injury Vacation mindset:  The path toward establishing a new habit is to repeat a behavior regularly until that behavior becomes part of a routine. This is how people develop skills, and how they can break bad habits. Anything done often enough soon becomes routine even a vacation. We have a longstanding concept …

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Psychological Care: Why and How

Differences in Care “The treatment of injured workers is quite a departure from traditional psychological care. In a psychological practice, patient’s are self-referred, referred by family or friends, referred by their insurance carrier or referred other professionals. The patients seek care for phobias, mood disorders, addictions, problems with intimacy and a range of conflicts and …

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Opiates Worsening Depression

When Prescribing Opiates is Problematic “Research indicates (Grattan, A. Sullivan, M. et al. Depression and Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Chronic Opioid Therapy Recipients With No History of Substance Abuse. Fam Med. 2012;10(4):304-311) that moderately and severely depressed patients are more likely to abuse opioid medications for their non-pain symptoms. Patients readily learn to treat depression …

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hypervigilance

Hypervigilance

Hypervigilance is a symptom. Vigilance is the ability to stay focused upon a task and/or concept for an extended period of …
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Distortion

Distortion This Week’s Topic: Hooked There are several behavioral signs which raise a red flag that you should do some …
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Anxiety & Paranoia

Distrustful, suspicious, frightened and uninformed can be complex factors when treating an injured worker. The patient spends …
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