Not all consequences of accidents at work manifest themselves in a physical sense. In fact, the hidden injuries are often the most serious, simply because they can go undiagnosed for so long.
A broken leg is easy to see and, though undoubtedly painful, it should hopefully be relatively straight forward to fix. Mental anguish, on the other hand, can be difficult to spot, unless people know the signs.
Diagnosis of stress at work is also often dependent on the person in question feeling able to come forward and admit their feelings. Confronting your own problems is often the first step to recovery.
Stress-related illnesses – Feeling numb
One of many common symptoms when people are feeling stressed at work, or elsewhere, is an overwhelming sense of feeling numb.
This can be an enormously unsettling time for both the victim, and their friends and family. Often, feelings of numbness are caused by anxiety. In fact, feeling anxious can sometimes lead to experiencing numbness in a physical sense.
It can kick-start a vicious circle where feeling numb can evoke feelings of anxiety, which in turn leads to a greater sense of numbness and so forth.
Problems with anxiety are both far more common and far more powerful than many people realise. This includes medical professionals, who are still catching up with how, even low levels of anxiety, can have a detrimental effect on both the mind and body of even the most able person.
Whilst numbness is rarely the only symptom, it can be one of the most worrying, which only serves to further exacerbate the problem.
Emotional numbness leaves the victim feeling as though there is little in the world that is worth getting excited about or interested in.
Essentially, people suffering from numbness because of stress in work, or other areas, feel little or no emotion. This can be a deeply serious problem and scary side-effects include anxiety attacks, while even the most exciting things in life elicit little reaction.
It can be enormously difficult for other people to understand, which is why people sometimes find a shortage of sympathetic ears when it comes to work-related stress.
If problems at work are causing you considerable stress, and consequently make you ill, then you may well be due some work illness compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline have 13 years experience helping victims of these types of cases and work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown