In a perfect world, you would go to work, fulfill duties that satisfy you and return home at night to your family. Unfortunately, life does not always work that way, and other individuals may get in the way of your happiness, even on the job. In today's world, where workplace shootings are becoming more common and accidents on the work site can be particularly traumatic, it's important that you know when you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from something you've seen or experienced at work.
PTSD is a condition that affects individuals who have been through some type of trauma. A stimuli may remind you of the event and trap your mind in it. PTSD is common in war vets, victims of abuse and anyone who has witnessed a violent crime. If you fear you are suffering from PTSD after a violent incident in the workplace, watch for the following symptoms.
Normal reactions vs. PTSD
After a stressful or traumatic event, it is normal to feel worried or anxious for a short period of time. This may not constitute PTSD, but according to the National Center for PTSD, if the following conditions are present, you are a likely candidate for diagnosis:
· Symptoms last longer than three months
· Symptoms disrupt your home or work life
· Symptoms cause great distress to you
If your stress and anxiety goes on for several months, it may be time to seek help and treatment for your condition.
Symptoms of PTSD
It's difficult to separate a normal reaction from one that signifies you need help. If you fear you are suffering from PTSD, watch for the following symptoms:
- Regular nightmares
- Flashbacks that make you feel like you are reliving the event
- Smells, sounds or sights that trigger the event in your mind
- Avoiding things that remind you of the incident, such as driving or crowds
- Feelings of paranoia or negative changes in feelings and beliefs
- Hyperarousal which may make you feel jittery, make it difficult to sleep or concentrate, or make you startle easily
If you have these symptoms and they have been present for more than three months, it's time to seek help from a professional. If the traumatic incident occurred in the workplace and you find it difficult to perform your everyday tasks because of the effect on you, you may be eligible for workers' compensation to cover your treatment for the condition. Contact an attorney to answer any questions you have about PTSD and workplace incidents.