Can PTSD impact your ability to work?

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2021 | Firm News |

Suffering a personal injury can impact your life in many ways including post-traumatic stress disorder. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may suffer ongoing emotional trauma that affects your ability to respond rationally to triggers.

PTSD can impact your personal relationships, your self-confidence and even your ability to work. If you can no longer work because of debilitating anxiety, you may need to seek professional help as you continue to heal and recover.

Collaborate with your employer

Especially in the weeks and months immediately following your accident, you may need to collaborate with your employer to discuss modifications to your responsibilities. According to Psychology Today, PTSD can cause a number of complications including the following:

  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Memory lapses
  • Social phobias
  • Flashbacks
  • Depression
  • Irrational fear

Each of these conditions can interfere with your ability to focus at work or participate in group initiatives in the workplace. You may have the option of negotiating with your employer to discuss the possibility of telecommuting or working on a modified schedule while you implement resources to help you overcome your PTSD.

Prioritize your needs

Taking care of yourself is more important right now than ever before. Make sure you have ample rest each night, at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Drink plenty of water and make sure you eat balanced, nutritious meals. Do something active every day and try to participate in social situations.

Implement therapy to help you learn how to handle situations that may trigger your PTSD. You may even need to take medication to facilitate your emotional response as you continue to recover. If your injuries and PTSD were the results of another person’s negligence, you may choose to file a lawsuit for compensatory damages.