"In the past, if you presented to a doctor for a knee injury and they asked about previous depression or anxiety, that would not be expected and people might be reluctant to share information," Jennifer Cogbill, senior vice president of GBCARE, says. "Globally people are talking about mental health issues more than ever. One of the most common medications prescribed now are antidepressants." (Credit: Tadamichi)

Be it a fear of pain, catastrophizing an injury, blaming others for their accident, dissatisfaction with their job or just a general pessimistic outlook on life, a host of mental factors — whether preexisting or brought on by a workplace accident — can prolong an injured worker's recovery, in turn, increasing health care cost and ultimately impacting claims.

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Steve Hallo

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