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Dr. Jackie's Mental Health Moment


Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
August 01
Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade
Only child of holocaust survivors from Eastern and Central Europe, grew up in Phila., Central PA, and NYC (2nd home). Psychologist since 1970 working with children and adults in wide variety of selttings, including schools, hospital, courts, private office, and prisons.

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APRIL 25, 2012 7:51PM

Dr.Jackie's Mental Health Moment-Workman's Comp

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There are scholarly articles galore supporting the tendency to stay sick and traumatized longer after a work-related accident or abuse, as long as there is a workmen's comp case pending. The psychologist checks. as much as possible, whether adjustment was a lot better before whatever happened, whether the person is really trying to heal and cope with help, whether the symptoms are consistent with the description of the abuse, and whether there is a predisposition to trauma. It's fairly easy to distinguish who's faking, who's exagerating, and who's hurting. What is really amazing, however, is to see the improvement after the settlement. Is it that the money really relieves the extra pressure on the traumatized, unemployed person? Or, is it the conscious or unconscious release of the need to be sick? 

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