Effects of Workplace Bullying
Being bullied at work can be brutal and the effects of workplace bullying do not stop when you go home for the day. Bullying on the victim can cause both physical and psychological health problems such as:
• Panic attacks
• Trouble sleeping
• Higher blood pressure
My own experience has been that with time I developed all the above problems with the exception of higher blood pressure. I got physically and emotionally sick. It has resulted in many visits to the doctor for medications as well as osteopathic manipulation of my neck and back because my muscles were so tight and knotted I sometimes had trouble breathing.
Diagnosed With PTSD
I will never forget one visit to my doctor. He has known me for many years and has heard my horror stories about my bully boss. I was in such a state during this particular visit that I thought I must be having a heart attack or stroke. He performed the usual tests then sat down and quietly said, “I think you are experiencing PTSD.”
Stunned would be an understatement. How could I have post-traumatic stress syndrome? I thought this was something only experienced by veterans.
The Workplace Bullying Institute has this to say about PTSD and workplace bullying:
“PTSD is the result of environments that traumatize, in those working conditions there is little predictability or control. This can create an intensive or overwhelming threat to a person which often results in the destruction of his or her sense of security.”
“PTSD, best known as a war wound, is actually possible for anyone whose coping mechanisms have been overwhelmed. It happens in childhood abuse cases, domestic violence cases, and the workplace. When a worker suffers PTSD, the workplace for that person has become a war zone.”
“Please know that these are injuries. Depression starts in bullied workers who never experienced it before. For the person who was previously depressed and successfully managing it, bullying exacerbates the condition. Bullying causes injuries, albeit psychological in nature and unseen, as surely as one can be injured from physically unsafe conditions at work.”
So on top of the physical issues I am dealing with I am now trying to cope with PTSD. Great. Admittedly, when the doctor first brought this up and after the initial shock of hearing it, I know that it is true. I am suffering with PTSD. Are you?
If that isn’t bad enough, people who are bullied suffer a decline in their work performance.
Anyone, including me, cannot perform their job to the best of their ability if they are being bullied. Performance issues might include such things as:
• An incapacity to work or concentrate
• A loss of self-esteem
• Lower productivity
There is no doubt that the effects of workplace bullying can be life shattering and the physical and emotional results can be overwhelming.
Not everyone has the option of quitting their job.
After all we all need money to survive. My situation has been that there aren’t any jobs in my field (trust me I’ve looked and looked and looked). On top of that, I am nearing retirement age and let’s be real, no one is going to hire someone that is about to retire. I also don’t have a second income to help with support while looking for another job. So I turned to the internet.
I came across Wealthy Affiliate, did my research, found it to be one of the rare reputable companies out there, and joined. It has been a wonderful experience and as I am learning and creating websites I am confident that soon I will be able to leave the workplace bully behind and good riddance!
If you are in a similar situation as me, you should look into Wealthy Affiliate as an option. It certainly doesn’t hurt to try!
In the meantime, I have to get my mental and physical health in good working order.
My frequent trips to the doctor and the various medications tried just haven’t helped. I seemed to have side effects from the medications and try as we might, my doctor and I just couldn’t get “me” under control.
Again, I reached out to the internet. I wanted to find something that was all natural and organic that would help with all my physical and mental complaints. I came across CBD Oil and the many, many reviews and opinions about this product.
Here is what they say CBD Oil can do:
CBD oil and pain
Several studies show CBD activates the same brain areas as opioids, believing to exert an analgesic effect. The endocannabinoid system is known to play an important role in the control of synaptic transmission in pain pathways, so by activating this system, cannabinoids may act as neuromodulators for a series of physiological processes, including pain-sensation. Moreover, studies suggest that through its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD oil may reduce pain. However, CBD is a supplement and not FDA Approved.
Stacey at CBD Biocare, wrote an article about CBD and Veterans with PTSD which definitely caught my eye. In part, she says, “CBD and veterans with PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is currently being studied due to its calming effects on the mind and body. Many people who deal with stress and anxiety are turning to this natural extract from cannabis as an alternative option to commercial drugs. CBD or cannabidiol, unlike it’s cousin THC does not make you high. It has no psychoactive properties. This means CBD oil is safe even when taken in high doses. It has no drug interference and can not be overdosed.”
“Currently there are no commercial drugs on the market specialized and proven to be effective in treating PTSD. However, research is slowly but surely paving the way for cannabis as a possible alternative. In the early 90’s scientist discovered humans have what is called an endocannabinoid system. This system is described as a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. This system is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain sensation, mood and memory.”
“One study suggests that people with PTSD have lower levels of anandamide which is a cannabinoid compound. Scientists state that those with low serum levels of anandamide have an endocannabinoid deficiency. This means that their bodies stop producing enough endocannabinoids to fill CB1 receptor sites in the body. This deficiency can trigger symptoms such as anxiety. This is where the cannabinoids found in cannabis, such as CBD may play a role, because it is believed that CBD attaches itself to CB1 receptors.”
Thank you Stacey for your great article. Well, I decided, I might as well give it a try. I have been using CBD Oil for a while now and I am seeing great improvement! I am certainly less stressed, my stomach has almost stopped hurting, and I think the PTSD has improved because I seem to be coping with the day-to-day antics of the workplace bully much better! No anxiety attacks, no feeling like I am going to lose control. Thank you, CBD Oil!
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Anyone who is dealing with a workplace bully can reach out to me. You can contact me by leaving a comment below. I know how awful it is and I do know what you are going through. If I can help in any way, I will certainly try. You have a safe place here!
Thanks for letting me share my story —
The Bully Basher