Accidents at work, regardless of the severity, can have a huge impact on the sufferer’s day to day living. Loss of earnings, being unable to perform tasks and time off from work may not only affect your physical health but your mental health too.
In this guide, we discuss the possible causes of depression and the link with workplace injury as well as ways of coping with suspected depression.
What could be the cause of my depression?
If you have recently been in an accident at work, you may be feeling a little out of sorts. This could be due to:
- Incapacity to complete simple day to day tasks
- A change in your physical being – reductions in level of fitness, change in capability of performing tasks
- Time off from work and a feeling of worthlessness
- As a result, spending an increased time alone
- Stress caused by the accident or due to legal action being taken
How can I deal with my depression?
Firstly, it is important for you to seek a diagnosis from a GP or health care professional. Sometimes you may be offered medication to help you cope with your mood and other times alternative therapies or coping mechanisms may be put in place.
What can I do to help myself?
Workplace accidents can be really tough on the sufferer and also family members and friends. This change in your situation, although due to negative consequences, once looked at in a different light could in fact be a positive incident.
Perhaps you could take the time to do things you enjoy which work had previously kept you from doing? Spend some quality time with friends or family or re-evaluate those things that are important to you. Why not try:
- Take some time to relax. Following any incident, it is important for you to relax and take it easy in order for your recovery to remain steady.
- Build some kind of routine into your day. If you are off work due to your accident at work, make sure you build a routine into your day. Wake up at the same time, and go to bed at the same time and build your daily activities into this time-frame.
- Speak about your problems and worries. Whether you want to share your thoughts with a spouse, family, friends or a counselor, be sure you find somebody that you feel entirely comfortable with. A problem shared is a problem halved.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 3, 2013
Author: David Brown