In most cases, the employee may work. If the condition is not occupational, the employee's personal physician is responsible for determining if the employee needs any work restrictions. If Employee Health Services is treating the employee, the Employee Health Services treater will make this determination.


May include restlessness, irritability, fatigue, a feeling of tension, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and an increase startle reaction. Reactions to stress include but are not limited to: becoming anxious or depressed, developing a physical symptom, running away, and having a drink (alcohol). Common subjective responses include fear, rage, guilt, and shame. Stress reactions may lead to self medication with alcohol and/or drugs.


Treatment options include behavioral (stress reduction, relaxation, and exercise techniques), social (life changes such as change of job or divorce), psychologic (counseling, psychotherapy), and medical (medications). UC Davis Health offers free consultation and referral services through the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP). The employee may also consult his/her personal physician. Employee health does not evaluate or treat occupational or non-occupational stress problems. If the employee thinks that his/her stress is occupational he/she should contact ASAP and the Workers' Compensation unit.

Work status

In most cases the employee may work without restrictions. If restrictions or time off is necessary the employee's treating physician is responsible for making this determination.
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