David B. Adams, Ph.D., FAACP

Atlanta Medical Psychology
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Posted on Dec 14, 2018

Sleep and Pain Management

Alcohol dependence and abuse are considered primary mental disorders. There may be a mood disorder (Cf. depression) or a somatoform disorder (Cf. pain) existing concurrently with the alcoholism. The major depression is, for example, considered a co-morbid diagnosis.


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Posted on Dec 8, 2018

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 month...

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Posted on Nov 29, 2018

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 mor...

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Posted on Nov 23, 2018

Misdiagnosis and Protracted Care
A panel physician who can find nothing wrong with the patient. The patient continues to complain and is sent to a specialist who orders a series of tests.
The tests may reveal a surgical condition, or they may not. The patient receives treatment, sometimes surgery...

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Posted on Nov 17, 2018


Arguably, one of the highest predictors of poor outcome is alcohol abuse and dependence. This is something that the patient shields and can arise as an attempt to self-medicate for pain, but more often, it is a continuation and increase of an already deeply entrenched and untreated ...

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Posted on Nov 10, 2018


Co-morbid (co-existing) conditions are not uncommon with PTSD (which is an anxiety disorder), and frequently include depression and other mood disorders. The oppressive symptoms of PTSD feel inescapable to the patient who quite often self-medicates with alcohol or other drugs which t...

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Posted on Oct 12, 2018

Being needful and being dependent are not the same thing. After meeting the basic needs of life, the next concern is whether life will be, in some form, unique or special. The idea of being commonplace and ignorable is a painful reality for most people. The thought that their lives will be mundan...

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Posted on Sep 28, 2018

Medication: ”A competent and ethical prescriber must consider two factors at the same time:

am I providing pain relief, but also
is this patient drug seeking and appropriately using these drugs?
Even though patients are increasingly looking at non-drug treatment alternatives. These include physi...

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Psychological Care

  • Psychotherapy

  • Psychodiagnosis

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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