It is common to feel confused and do not know what to say to the doctor to get stress leave by the time your work-related stress has escalated to the need of stress leave, and the worker often has lots of built-up emotions, thoughts, feelings, and anxiety.
Doctors can help to treat your mental stress, anxiety, or depression. It is best if you are honest and upfront to your doctor when talking about your stress and psychological injury and make sure all the circumstances arising from your work related stress are documented. Doctors are there to help you to get better. When talking to the doctor, please be sure to mention:
- What happened at work
- How did it impact your mental health
- As a result of the stress at work, what tasks or duties that you are no longer to do
- If you have tried to self-medicate, please mention what you have tried and the outcome
If you feel tired, frustrated, angry, stressed, on the verge of a nervous breakdown while telling your story, do not hide it from your doctor. They are trained to help you. Based on your consultation, your doctor will then recommend a suitable treatment, stress leave from work, or other further actions.
Please note that If you decided to make a workers compensation claim for stress, your discussion with the doctor could be vital evidence to link your psychological injury to your employment and the degree of incapacity that the mental injury has caused you. Please check out this blog on how to best work with doctors for medical evidence.