Few accidents at work represent a level of complication as stress related illness. Just about everything, from the difficult diagnosis to the problematic road to recovery, requires time, patience, and acceptance from all concerned.
Part of the complexity of stress at work is the sheer variety of symptoms, not to mention how it affects different people in different ways.
One consistent agreement in the field of research into stress at work and other areas of life is that our upbringing and experiences in early life can play a part in how susceptible we are to feelings of anxiety.
As adults, the triggers for feeling anxious are often forged by stresses we have previously experienced and how those times have given strength to the various fears and emotions we already held.
One of the more unusual manifestations of stress-related illness is a hypersensitivity to sound. Though this is rarely a sole symptom, it is a fairly clear indicator of anxious emotions.
People suffering hypersensitivity to sound may display the following:
Quick Startle Reflex: Anxiety can sometimes place your body on high alert. As you experience more stress and anxiety, your internal natural baseline of stress increases correspondingly. When that anxiety reaches a certain level, your body will react to startling with greater emphasis.
Noise Triggers: One of the hallmarks of suffering hypersensitivity is a reaction to specific sounds. In many cases, these sounds can be linked back to a traumatic incident in a person’s past. The mind automatically associates a sound with this event and the body reacts accordingly.
One common method of overcoming these problems is to make a tape of whatever noise triggers the reaction, sit somewhere comfortable, take a deep breath and press play.
Initially, the noises may bother you a substantial amount. However, trying to do something relaxing whilst the type plays, such as meditation, should help, and eventually the noise will have less of an impact. When this stage is reached, take the tape to a new, less relaxing, environment and try it again.
It’s important to remember that help is at hand if you suffer from stress-related illnesses at work and need to make a personal injury compensation claim.
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Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown