Coping With the Emotional Strain of PTSD After a Work Accident in NJ
After suffering an emotional injury at work, many people feel distracted, angry, and alone. But just like any other injury, the right course of treatment can help you overcome your suffering, allowing you to return to your normal daily life.
Help for victims of PTSD may include:
- Medication. Many victims will have trouble sleeping and experience anxiety in social situations. These patients often benefit from anti-anxiety medications to reduce their stress and anger on a short-term basis, giving them the ability to rest and relax.
- Cognitive therapy. The most common treatment for PTSD is cognitive therapy, which teaches victims how to cope with “trigger” events without reliving the trauma. Victims will discuss and confront possible triggers, such as sudden noises or yelling, and practice overcoming them in a safe environment. Treatment also involves discussing the accident little by little, allowing the victim to talk through his pain and fear.
- Behavioral therapy. This kind of therapy involves conditioning patients to re-learn a behavior, such as a stress reaction to raised voices. Victims replace their “new” behavior with the old pattern, allowing them to cope with daily interactions without fear.
Many employees who are suffering from a psychiatric work injury in New Jersey will need to take time off work as they recover. Unfortunately, some employers will not want to cover the employee’s salary and therapy costs, forcing the injured worker to pay for his recovery alone.
The legal team at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you get payment for your treatment and loss of income after a psychological injury at work. Call us today at (877) 360-0183 or fill out the contact form on this page to start your FREE consultation.
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