No one expects to have something happen at work, which impacts on their ability to work. But workplace accidents, assaults and bullying occur in the workplace on a regular basis.
Unexpected events in themselves are often stressful, added to that can be the uncertainty of an injury healing, and whether the injury will cause problems with returning to the same work.
With a physical injury there is often associated physical pain and limitations to adjust to, which may require adapting tasks and in some cases accepting that there are some activities that they will be permanently disabled from doing.
With a psychological injury (trauma, depression and/ or anxiety) symptoms of flashbacks, intrusive memories, depressed mood or panic attacks may change how you engage in the world, making it difficult to return to the workplace if it reminds you of the cause of the psychological injury in the first place.
It is important to seek psychological counselling as early in the process of worker’s compensation as you can to prevent the psychological component of what you are experiencing from generalising or becoming more severe.
As well as providing counselling, psychologists provide psychological strategies including cognitive behavioural strategies, hypnosis and eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) which are really helpful in overcoming a range of psychological problems.