Given the toxic and deadly nature of asbestos, it is not uncommon for those who have had exposure to asbestos to develop a psychiatric condition as a result of this exposure. Particularly those who have seen workmates and loved ones affected by asbestos related disease may develop psychiatric conditions because of a fear of being diagnosed with an asbestos related illness, even if they have no asbestos related disease themselves.
Others may develop psychiatric conditions as a result of having lost a loved one to an asbestos related disease, particularly close family members who have provided care and watched their loved ones suffer through the illness.
Claims for compensation can be made for psychiatric conditions where it can be shown that the person suffers from a recognised psychiatric condition such as Depression, Adjustment Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The diagnosis should be made by a psychiatrist.
If you believe that you are suffering from a recognised psychiatric condition as a result of exposure to asbestos, or having lost a loved one to an asbestos related disease, it is important to seek treatment through a general practitioner, psychologist or psychiatrist.