Psychology Month Psychology is a broad field, rooted in science that seeks to understand our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Some psychology professionals develop and test theories through basic research, while others work to help individuals, organizations, and communities better function. Still others are both researchers and practitioners. Psychology Month is celebrated every February to highlight the contributions of Canadian psychology and to teach Canadians how psychology works to help them live healthy and happy lives, help their communities flourish, help their employers create effective workplaces, and help their governments develop good policies.
A target may become psychologically injured after long-term abuse. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, "workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment that takes one or more of the following forms: Not only does one feel that their job is in jeopardy, they may also start to feel physically ill and emotionally harmed.
Workplace Bullying Liabilities Bullying poses great liabilities to employers, including: Occupational health and safety violations; Actions for negligence or intentional infliction of mental suffering; or Defamatory actions.
Another concern that arises from workplace bullying is stress-related illness. These illnesses can range over many categories. It is not uncommon for people under extreme stress to develop symptoms of heart disease i.
The stress that results from bullying can lead to long-term illnesses; some ailments by affect an individual for life. Bullying and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder As a result of the negative feelings associated with workplace bullying, targets are at a very high risk of developing mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorder.
Their way of living is attacked for no apparent reason and often, the attacker is intent on harming the target for no apparent reason. Targets may endure abuse day in and day out for months or even years. This abuse harms their overall health. While depression and anxiety can be debilitating, targets may experience symptoms that are different.
Yet finding a fitting diagnosis causes a bit of a controversy among some professionals. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD describes symptoms that result when a person is involved in a short-term or single traumatic event. Examples include accidents, natural disasters, assault, attempted murder and rape because these are considered to be of short duration.
However, the trauma related to workplace bullying is not an isolated, short-term event. Long term or chronic events that span a period of months or years tend to develop symptoms that vary from PTSD.
There is usually more intense psychological harm when one experiences repeated trauma. There may be complete changes to one's concept of who they are and in their ability to cope with stressful situations.
They are under the influence of their abuser and unable to get out of the situation they are in. For this reason, researchers of workplace bullying believe that bullying should be considered an example of captivity.
It should be noted, however, that the main difference between the two types of PTSD is the cause of the disorder in the patient. Symptoms of the two types are much the same.
For this reason, therapists may diagnose bullying targets with PTSD, allowing patients receive treatment. After this has been established, other symptoms must be taken into account. According to Julia M.
Persistent sadness, explosive anger; inhibited anger; suicidal thoughts; Forgetting traumatic events or reliving them. Feeling detached from one's mind or body; Feelings of helplessness, shame, guilt and stigma.
One may feel that they are different than other people; Attributing total power to the abuser. Preoccupation with the perpetrator, possibly becoming obsessed with revenge; Social isolation, distrust in others or repeatedly searching for a rescuer; and A loss of faith or a sense of hopelessness and despair.
Workplace bullying is a serious issue due to the harmful health issues it causes.
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September 30th, Complex PTSD: Devastating Health Effects From Workplace Bullying. By Andrew Mitchell Suite August 18th The harming effects of workplace bullying can go further than mere embarrassment. Health Psychology ® is the official scientific journal of the Society for Health Psychology (Division 38 of the American Psychological Association).
Its mission is to advance the science and practice of evidence-based health psychology and behavioral medicine. It publishes peer-reviewed articles on psychological, biobehavioral, social, and environmental factors in physical health and medical.
Psychology is a broad field, rooted in science that seeks to understand our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Some psychology professionals develop and test theories through basic research, while others work to help individuals, organizations, and communities better function.
Paul E. Levy was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest of his family's five children. He received his BA in pyschology and economics from Washington & Lee University and earned his MA and PhD in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology from Virginia Tech.
Occupational health psychology (OHP) is an interdisciplinary area of psychology that is concerned with the health and safety of workers. OHP addresses a number of major topic areas including the impact of occupational stressors on physical and mental health, the impact of involuntary unemployment on physical and mental health, work-family balance, workplace violence and other forms of.