Traumatic psychological injuries

Traumatic psychological injuries (TPI) may occur in workers who experience or witness a traumatic event at work (for example: an actual or threatened death or serious injury leading to ongoing psychological distress).

Injuries can include anxiety disorder, acute stress reactions, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder and depression. TPI symptoms may start as quickly as one month after a traumatic event or after myriad events perceived as traumatic. Symptoms may also appear years after the occurrence of the event/s.

The TPI treatment team provides psychological and functional treatment to prepare workers for a safe return to work. This treatment may include exposure therapy, education, coping strategies, exercises and physiotherapy.

WorkSafeNB offers a comprehensive TPI program.

Resources:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Mayo Clinic

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