Many people who have suffered a workplace injury face the possibility of being out of work for quite some time. When this occurs, people often become depressed due to the challenges that being out of work can bring. There are several reasons that people can become depressed after a workplace injury.
Loss of Income
The loss of income after a work injury can be stressful and frightening. The prospect of not being able to pay bills, not provide for a family or even be forced to give up recreational activities can be a burden. For some people, finding a work-at-home opportunity or side job can help alleviate the worry of not having a paycheck.
No Physical Activity
People who were active and then cannot be, often experience depression. The inability to move like one used to can make people feel weak and like they are “less.” This can wreak havoc on the mind of any person who enjoys an active lifestyle. Depression is not uncommon for people who are not able to do what they once could.
People who are injured at work may become anxious regarding their prognosis. This can be the case for anyone, but more commonly for people who have suffered life-altering injuries. Anxiety can quickly lead to depression. Seeking help from a support group or from therapy providers may help.
Dealing with chronic pain can be depressing. Not feeling like yourself, not being able to move like you once could, and even being restricted to bed rest can bring about bouts of depression. Speak with your doctor openly about the pain and discomfort you feel. There may be a variety of therapies open to you.
Do not be ashamed if you feel as though you have a change in mental state after a work injury. Depression is common when a person’s lifestyle is altered. If you feel your mood slipping, call your medical provider as soon as possible for assistance.
If you have been inured at work and need assistance with workers’ compensation in Charleston, call our team today. We will review the details of your case at no cost to you and tell you how we can assist you. Let us provide you with your options.