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Treatment

“Treatment Boundaries and Limitations” “When a private patient is referred, the limitation on the number of visits may be set by the health insurance carrier, but most often is unlimited.  Approval is diagnosis-dependent and includes both situational (marital, occupational) problems and the emergence of enduring long term problems (major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, addictive disorders, …

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Major Depressive Disorder – Revisited

Depressive Disorders There is considerable misunderstanding about Major Depressive Disorder, including the degree of impairment that arises, whether it constitutes a disability, and whether it is more severe than other mood (or even adjustment) disorders. The key point is the interpretation of the word “Major” by non-clinicians. Arguably the term was not well chosen. Patients …

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Treatment or Cure?

Is the goal in the treatment of treating illness or injury-exacerbated psychological problems to cure them? This would seem futile since many of these people have had, and will continue to have, problems for years and years. The best we can do for a pre-existing problem (eg. Anxiety disorder or Depressive disorder) that has demonstrably …

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Who Should Be Treated?

Before the patient is treated: If formal psychological diagnostic exam reveals that a psychological disorder exists that has resulted from injury or been exacerbated by injury, then the following series of decisions must be made: a. Is the patient sufficiently motivated for change; interested in being treated? b. Is the patient intellectually capable of understanding …

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The Concept of Depressed Mood

Depressed Mood Depressive disorders are a complex combination of numerous physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. It is estimated that ~8% of the general population suffers from depression at any given time. However, depression is not, itself, a disabling condition, and mood is only part of the concern. It is characterized by a series of psychological …

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Warning Signs

There are behaviors that create a high index of suspicion regarding exaggeration of injury complaints: a. The patient has …
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The Histrionic Patient

Control characterizes the life of the compulsive patient. Such individuals, most often male, are very reluctant to relinquish …
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Dire Consequences of Oxycontin

There are dire consequences, beyond the legal and clinical, when prescribing.  You may know what kind of drug you are giving …
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