Can you get workers’ comp for psychological illnesses?

Oct 18, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

You can only work a taxing job for so long before you begin to develop mental difficulties. You may not realize your job is causing you large amounts of stress until it’s too late, heavily impacting your work performance and causing debilitating illnesses.

If you’ve developed a mental illness while working, you may be able to apply for workers’ compensation. There are certain mental health-related claims you may apply for. Here’s what you should know:

Major depressive disorder

Depression is a major mental health concern that many people experience at least once in their lifetime. Major depression disorder often occurs in people who have had some kind of traumatic experience, early childhood abuse, overworking or a feeling of worthlessness, negatively affecting their behavior. 

Depression affects everyone differently. People suffering from depression may experience unwanted thoughts, develop sleeping difficulties or lose motivation. Someone suffering from depression may struggle working, which can cause a vicious cycle of increased anxiety and grief.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological disorder that occurs in people who have witnessed a natural disaster, death, serious accident or sexual harassment and abuse. People who have gone to war typically experience post-traumatic stress disorder, however, combat victims aren’t exclusive to this mental illness. 

Employees may suffer from PTSD after experiencing a workplace accident. This accident may make workers hesitant to continue with their employment or cause them to suffer anxiety, OCD or depression at work.

Many employers don’t consider the best interest of their employees’ psychological needs. When this happens, employees may experience traumatic or life-long illnesses. Your mental health matters not just now but for your future. If you encounter problems with your workers’ compensation claim, find out more about your legal options.

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