The aftermath of suffering a serious personal injury can be an extremely distressing time for all involved. Whether you are hurt at work, injured on the road or suffer a public trip or fall, the road to recovery can be long, arduous and littered with both physical and mental obstacles.
What are some of the common mental issues faced by victims of accidents at work?
Whilst physical injuries such as dislocations and broken bones can be immensely painful, the recovery, except in the very worst cases, is usually relatively straightforward. Typically, a bone or joint is reset and the patient then undergoes a range of exercises to bring back the strength. Of course, this is far from easy, but it is comparatively simple when laid against conquering injuries of the mind.
Victims of serious accidents at work may often display some of the following symptoms:
- Problems sleeping
- Increased irritability
- Feelings linked with depression, such as a lack of motivation and general melancholy.
Anxiety is one issue that can be particularly difficult to overcome for victims of work accidents. After all, feeling anxious is unlikely to affect just your work life. Rather, people struggling with anxiety are likely to become increasingly withdrawn and antisocial.
Feelings of anxiety can manifest themselves in different ways. Some people retreat into themselves, displaying little self-confidence whilst others may become extremely indecisive, questioning everything they do. Others still may find their tempers rising quicker and easier than before.
Because of this it is occasionally difficult for outsiders to appreciate or sympathise with someone struggling with anxiety. Therefore, it’s important the issue is tackled.
How can I battle anxiety after being injured at work?
Rather than being avoided, the best way to remove anxious feelings is to confront them head on. This means dealing with the realities of your accident at work. Instead of suppressing memories and avoiding the subject, setting aside time each day to really think about what went on and making a note of your thoughts or discussing them with others can help you start to move past it.
As well as support from mental health professionals, it’s also important to consider the role financial recompense can play in your recovery. If you think you may be owed work injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our expert legal team work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and usually settle out of court.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice