Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that affects over 3 million people annually in the United States. This condition occurs when a person has ongoing trauma from a traumatic event that they witnessed or were a part of.
The symptoms of PTSD can impact all aspects of a person’s life. They may have trouble with intrusive thoughts or struggle with flashbacks and night terrors. They may attempt to avoid situations that are similar to what happened in the past to avoid triggering the worst of their symptoms.
Workers’ compensation may cover PTSD in cases where the condition can be linked to the workplace. For example, if you witnessed a colleague get attacked in the workplace, you could develop PTSD from that trauma. Similarly, if you got into an auto accident while on the job, PTSD could develop and be covered by workers’ compensation.
What symptoms are signs of PTSD?
Some of the most common signs of PTSD include:
- Excessive arousal, such as excessive rage or irritability.
- Avoidance, such as avoiding people or memories involved in the past trauma.
- The flat affect, which is when someone doesn’t have interests or is emotionally numb.
- Night terrors.
- Memory problems.
- Trouble forming or maintaining close relationships.
All of these symptoms are treatable, which is why it’s important to talk to your employer about seeking workers’ compensation to cover your condition. Some of the possible treatments may include taking medications like anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs, going through talk therapy or trying other desensitization techniques.
You deserve support if you’re suffering from PTSD
No one should have to live with the struggle of coping with PTSD. PTSD can completely upend your life and cause serious problems in how you function.
You may not be able to work, and you may need intensive mental health support. If you’re concerned about how you’re feeling and need help, reporting your symptoms and seeking workers’ compensation could be the right path forward.
If your mental health condition can be linked to your work environment or a work accident, then you may be able to collect fair compensation for all you’ve been through.