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Psychology of Injury, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Types of Depression

An injured worker feels her work related injury is the punishment she deserves. Many injured workers are religious to the point of being superstitious preoccupation. Thus, when injured, they seek a meaning for what has happened to them. They readily decide that this was God_s punishment for their past moral crimes.

For example, I saw a man who was injured at work. He sustained a severe back injury, worked vigorously to return to work and was then blinded in a second accident.

He seemed to accept this second event far too easily. He appeared at peace with it. Everyone treating him felt that he was _just a very adaptive fellow._

He revealed to me, however, that he had been collecting and looking at magazines of unclad females.

While he did nothing more than to look at the magazines and fantasize, his religion taught him that thoughts were as bad as the acts (infidelity).

As a result of this belief system, and the associated guilt (of which he planned to tell no one), he knew that God_s will was that he never return to work. This was to be his punishment.

What everyone was seeing as a wonderful adjustment was, in reality, a very unhealthy belief that his blindness was punishment

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