When an injury occurs, the effects can go much deeper than just a broken bone or a strained muscle. If an injury is severe enough, it can dramatically affect a person’s mental health, particularly when that injury forever changes the patients life and work. That’s why Worker Care offers Worker Psych Care, part of our continuing mission to treat all aspects of an injured worker.
You might be asking yourself, “What if I just broke my leg at work; why would I need psychiatric care?” While it’s true most workers open their claims because of a physical injury, many injured workers find they suffer emotional scars due to a variety of factors, such as the way they were injured, how long it takes to recover, or changes in lifestyle due to their injury. This is where psych care becomes so critical. Through our network of occupational psychiatric professionals, we can help a patient cope with the mental strain of dealing with their injury
Beyond just helping a patient deal with the mental stress of an injury, the other purpose of psych care is to better assess the capabilities of a patient after an injury. If an injury was traumatic and changes the way a person can work or provide for their family, the lingering psychological effects can affect them for the rest of their life. Psych care will be used to profile a patient’s mental health, which establishes a better foundation for goal-setting, treatment planning, and helping that patient rebuild their life after a traumatic injury.
The type of treatment we use the most often is known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps patients understand how thoughts influence emotions and behavior. Using CBT, we teach the patient how to analyze dysfunctional ideas and replace them with more productive thoughts to help control many mental health disorders. CBT is often used in combination with psychiatric medications and ongoing treatment to address depression and anxiety. Additionally, the patient is taught relaxation techniques for decreasing stressful situations. Combined, these methods aid the patient in overcoming mental health disorders and preventing relapse.
The mental health of our patients is so important to what we do at Worker Care, we have partnered with Pacific Rehabilitation Centers of Seattle to provide cutting-edge tele-psychology services to our patients who need it. So if you or one of your employees have suffered an injury, make sure you give us a call. After all, Worker Care is here to help you deal with every aspect of your injury, both physical and mental.