Atlanta Medical Psychology

Atlanta Psychologist
5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GAOpening at 9:00 AM on MondayOpening at 9:00 AM tomorrowOpening at 9:00 AMOpen today until 3:00 PMOpening at 9:00 AM on TuesdaySorry, we're closed
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Defense Mechanisms

Defense mechanisms are (largely) unconscious ways we use to defend ourselves against anxiety. Simply _not thinking_ (repression) about our bad marriage or failing to accept we d...
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Defense mechanisms are (largely) unconscious ways we use to defend ourselves against anxiety. Simply _not thinking_ (repression) about our bad marriage or failing to accept we drink too much (denial) keeps us from becoming upset.

Somatization, the act of focusing upon bodily complaints rather than dealing with real life issues, is common among injured workers. They become angry at doctors and employers/insurers rather than themselves. Their bodily complaints are either unfounded or grossly exaggerated.

Their unconscious goal is to keep themselves from realizing and dealing with what they may have done to their own lives: They never achieved enough education or pursued a career path that would support them in
event of lost time from work or job change. They (somatize) focus upon their injury as a way of repressing the fact that they are ultimately responsible for their own lives and their own future.
Posted on May 15, 2018
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Ability vs. Disability: While total disability means the injured or ill worker cannot work at all, PPD (permanent partial disability) means that there is a permanent impairment. With this permanen... moreAbility vs. Disability: While total disability means the injured or ill worker cannot work at all, PPD (permanent partial disability) means that there is a permanent impairment. With this permanent impairment, the worker is perceived as not being able to work at full capacity, no future ability.
While this number, often a percentage, differs among States, it relates more to financial compensation than it does to the “what next” which preoccupies the thinking of the worker. It may calculate dollars, but to the patient, it may also make no sense. (weak pun intended). (...more...)
Posted on May 13, 2018
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Before the patient is treated:
treatedIf formal psychological diagnostic exam reveals that a psychological disorder exists that has resulted from injury or been exacerbated by injury, then the foll...
 moreBefore the patient is treated:
treatedIf 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 their role in the process of change?

c. Is secondary gain from the symptoms likely to erode attempts for the patient to be treated?

d. Is the family invested in the patient improving or merely fostering pathology?

e. Does the patient’s culture support him/her being treated by a psychologist?

f. Can care be delivered that does not foster dependency upon the doctor?

g. Can psychological care be delivered that facilitates care for the physical injury?

h. Can we be assured that the patient will comply?

.....more....
Posted on May 9, 2018
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Psychological Practice

Dr. Adams treats adults with anxiety, depression, pain, trauma and sexual disorders.  Dr. Adams also provides insurance-required evaluation of pain patients seeking spinal stimulator, pump implantation and patients seeking bariatric surgeries. These procedures require that a patient be psychologically evaluated prior to the surgical procedure. He provides consultation regarding short term disability, long term disability and fitness for duty. Since 1985, he has treated Georgia injured workers (workers' compensation) and provided seminars and workshops on care for the psychological aspects work-related injury.
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