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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Psychological accidents: Low moods

    Accidents at work don’t always take on a physical form. Whilst the immediate and obvious dangers of something like a construction site accident make them relatively simple to diagnose in terms of injury and treatment, work-related illnesses can be altogether harder to spot.

    One such psychological health problem is low moods. The causes of melancholy are many, varied, and specific to each person. Some of the most common causes include:

    –  Relationship problems

    –  Stress at work

    –  Poor sleep patterns

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    –  Personal bereavement

    Low moods at work are often caused by being overworked, feeling under-appreciated, and other elements that cause job dissatisfaction.

    A person experiencing low moods may well exhibit the following symptoms:

    –  Frustration

    –  Worry and anxiety

    –  Sadness

    –  Tiredness and lethargy

    Low moods can occur for a wide range of reasons and tend to improve after a short period of time. A variety of solutions, from improved sleep, to bringing problems out into the open, can help improve a mood.

    Problems arise when low moods are persistent, as this can be an indication of depression. As psychological accidents and illnesses go, depression is one of the hardest to solve. As well as continuous low moods, a victim of depression may also experience:

    –  Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness

    –  Low self esteem and little self-worth

    –  Feelings of guilt

    –  Indecisiveness

    –  Irritability and generally being intolerant of others

    Of course, the issue of psychological illnesses at work is that often the manifestations of the problem elicit little sympathy due to their negative nature. It is easy to misconstrue someone who is depressed as being rude or unhelpful.

    If you find your low moods are proving difficult to shift, then the first step is to seek help. Extra support is readily available and you should make an appointment with your General Practitioner straight away.

    There are a number of things you can do, such as meditation, breathing techniques, and exercises to help you think differently, to help yourself combat your moods, whilst a change in diet and an increase in exercise can also be enormously beneficial.

    It’s also important to think about what caused your low moods and psychological problems. If it was stress at work then you may well be due some work illness compensation.

    A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 can get you on the way to the compensation you deserve as their team of experts usually settle out of court.

    Date Published: January 28, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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