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Job Stress Symptoms

Quite often job stress can cause physical symptoms which many people don't realize as work related. Migraine headaches, stomach problems, back problems, heart problems, and other ailments can be caused by stress on the job. For most, a visit to their family doctor is the first step that is appropriate. However, a person who is suffering job stress should realize that his/her health is being affected by problems on the job. Physicians sometimes do not diagnose stress as the contributing factor or the cause of physical ailments. Patients often don't tell their doctor what stress they are experiencing and so the underlying problem goes undiagnosed.

Stress can cause some very real physical reactions in our bodies. Anxiety or Panic attacks are the best example. Seemingly out of nowhere, a person experiences a racing heart beat, tightness in the chest, dizziness, sweaty hands and dry mouth, and a feeling of disorientation. People who suffer panic attacks will quickly tell you that they don't know what is happening to their bodies and they think they are having a heart attack or some other terrible illness. Stress is that powerful. So if you are experiencing job problems and you are also experiencing a negative physical reaction, you might want to consider the strong connection between stress and physical illness.

Many people want to know if job stress can be considered a disability and the answer is "yes." If an employee is examined by a Clinical Social Worker, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist who confirm the diagnosis, then clearly there is cause for a workman's compensation claim. I have heard that some employers accuse employees of malingering because they look physically fine.

Just because an employee can walk and talk regularly doesn't mean that they can function well on the job and that they are not suffering. Some employers would like to think that job stress is not a legitimate reason to be out of work and claim a disability. The workman's compensation board and other insurance companies take the matter very seriously. If there is real evidence of a situation or person who is causing job stress, the matter should be taken seriously. Clearly, a person who can't do their job well or just doesn't like their job may be under stress, but it is not at the level of causing a disability.

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