When at work we do our best to get our tasks complete and in an organized fashion. We want to be noticed for our good work. We want to show our management that we care because we have goals to achieve and promotions to achieve. Like in school, if did our best we found that we were rewarded. If we didn’t do well then we weren’t rewarded. And, if we didn’t care then it didn’t matter because we didn’t have to rely on school for survival. But, we do have to rely on our job for survival, and we do appreciate the praise. However, not every work environment believes in those kinds of principles.
Sometimes we got the jobs we love but are forced to work in environments that are toxic. Toxic or negative work environments create stress that can take on physical and mental forms. Thankfully, the state of California honors mental health in the workplace. This means that you can seek worker’s compensation for mental health-related injuries. Ask yourself the following questions to see if you are experiencing stress and anxiety as a result of your workplace:
- Do you feel stressed out and anxious to voice your opinion at work for fear of management and how they will retaliate to your opinion?
- Do you feel as if you are expected to work more hours than contracted for or else you may lose your job or face consequences?
- Do you feel threatened at work?
- Do you feel safe at work?
- Do you feel as if you are valued at work?
These are just a few questions to consider. If you answered yes to more than two of these questions then you may need to start reflecting on what is happening. Writing and documenting your situation is the best solution for these kinds of problems. Stress and Anxiety are very real, but they can sometimes be hard to connect back to your place of work.
The physical forms of stress and anxiety look like
- Becoming easily irritated and moody
- Difficult relaxing and quieting the mind
- Lonely and depressed
- Feeling overwhelmed and losing control
- Low energy
- Upset stomach
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds or infections
- Loss of sexual desire
- Constant worrying
- Poor judgment
- Inability to focus
- Disorganized when you are usually organized
- Exhibiting nervous habits like biting nails or pulling out hair
- Increased use of substances to self medicate
- Procrastinating or avoiding responsibilities
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in excess. If you have documented and gone to see a professional because of these symptoms. Then you may have a case for Stress and Anxiety Injuries. Our Worker’s Compensation Attorneys can help ensure that you have a successful claim. Even though California recognizes mental health in workers compensation, it can be harder to prove than a physical injury. Don’t stress anymore. We are here to work for you, so let us. Call 818-610-8800 or click here to start a conversation with our successful Stress and Anxiety Injury Attorney at JML Law, a Professional Law Corporation in Long Beach today.
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