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When Work Causes A Mental Health Impairment


Many jobs are stressful. But some jobs are so stressful that they cause employees to develop mental health impairments - or in some cases, aggravate pre-existing impairments.

There are two types of work-related injuries: Physical and psychological. Most people think of physical injuries - back injuries, bone fractures, repetitive stress injuries - when they think of a workplace injury.

But psychological injuries can be just as debilitating.

In the federal sector, when an employee is subjected to a hostile work environment and/or excessive workload, he or she can develop or aggravate a mental impairment such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Other conditions

The law allows federal workers to pursue claims for psychological injuries through the workers' compensation process and/or through Office of Personnel Management (OPM) disability retirement.


The federal workforce employs a lot of veterans. When these employees are subjected to stressful working conditions by their employers, pre-existing service-related psychological injuries may be aggravated.

Help is available for veterans and federal employees who develop psychological conditions as the result of working conditions.

The Importance Of Taking Prompt Action

If workplace conditions have caused or aggravated anxiety, depression, or a pre-existing mental health condition, it is very important to take prompt legal action.


The employer or agency may use the mental health condition against the employee. The condition may affect the employee's performance at work, and the employer may use this as an opportunity to terminate the employee.

Take action now to ensure your rights are protected. Contact The Devadoss Law Firm, P.L.L.C., for a free consultation at 888-351-0424. Nationwide representation.

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