Stress at work can cause a wide variety of both physical and psychological disorders. A report first published by the Work Foundation in 2007 identifies some of the most common psychological disorders caused by work-related stress. These disorders include:
- Acute and depressive anxiety disorders
- Low self-esteem
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Signs and symptoms of psychological disorders
Emotional signs of stress-induced psychological disorders may consist of:
- Depressive or negative feelings
- Disappointment with yourself
- Increased sensitivity or aggressiveness
- Increased tearfulness
- Loneliness, withdrawal
- Loss of commitment, confidence or motivation
- Mood swings
Mental and behavioural signs of stress-related ill health may include:
- Indecision, confusion or poor memory
- Lack of concentration, twitchiness, or nervousness
- Disrupted sleep, behaviour affected by mood swings
- Changes in usual eating habits or work attendance, such as being late or asking for more time off
Common causes of work-stress based psychological disorders include excessive workloads, shift work, bullying, long hours, racial or sexual harassment. Cuts in staff or change may also cause stress-related psychological conditions.
Duty of care
Employers are bound by a legal duty of care towards workers to prevent both accidents at work and work-related illness. This includes identifying and minimising possible risks of employees being exposed to excessive stress at work.
Employees suffering from anxiety, depression or other manifestations of psychological ill health brought on by stress in the workplace could be entitled to work injury compensation, just like a worker injured in a work accident would be entitled to make a claim for industrial injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
We have a nationwide team of work injury claim experts with over 15 years of experience in securing compensation for employees who are suffering from work-related conditions or were injured at work.
Often able to settle cases out of court, our in-house no-win, no-fee* solicitors work quickly, efficiently and in the most professional, yet friendly and helpful manner possible, to help you get the compensation your work injury or work-related illness entitles you to.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice