Depression Following a Workplace Injury
Suffering a workplace injury can turn your world completely upside down. While you once awoke with a purpose and were able to help provide for your family, being out of work can strip you of your sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. It is common for injured workers to experience depression as a side effect of losing a job, which can make it even more difficult to recover and return to work. Here are some of the most common signs you may be experiencing post-injury depression.
- Changes in Eating Patterns: If you typically have a normal and healthy appetite, it is important to notice whether you are overeating or skipping meals. Depression manifests in many ways, and while some people eat as a coping mechanism, other people lose the will to take care of and nourish themselves.
- Extreme Emotions: Obviously, depression can cause a lack of emotion, including numbness, apathy, or an inability to connect. On the other hand, depression can come across as irritability, anxiety, or anger. If you are experiencing serious emotional instability after a workplace injury, it is best to get in touch with your treating physician to discuss your symptoms.
- Social Withdrawal: People experiencing depression often remove themselves from social situations and relationships they used to value. Especially if you are no longer able to foster camaraderie at work, it is essential to maintain positive connections in your personal life.
- Hopelessness: Many people derive a strong sense of pleasure and worth from their jobs. When that source of fulfillment is taken away, individuals may begin to lose hope, feel as if everything is worthless, or feel trapped in a negative situation. Remember that even the most severe injuries will heal over time. Even if you cannot return to work, you will eventually recover your sense of self and feel valued again.
Contact a Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Depression and other mental health issues can make returning to work even more difficult. However, you may be able to use workers’ compensation funds to treat your depression and get you back on your feet. If your injury does not heal and you become permanently disabled, you could also be eligible for disability payments. These laws vary among states and counties, but the qualified attorneys at Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC can help you determine the best benefits for you. Contact our firm at (919) 851-3311 to learn more about which injuries are eligible for financial assistance.