Posts Tagged ‘Andrea Adams’

Huff Post: Workplace Bullying, Abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: It’s True, Your Boss Can Give You PTSD

Monday, August 12th, 2013

By Malory Nye, Huffington Post UK, Aug. 12, 2013

Imagine the scenario – a woman goes into work one day and a senior colleague acts in an abusive and malicious way towards her. This is so shocking that she spends the next two years suffering from the consequences of that incident. She cannot sleep at night, she has frequent flashbacks and nightmares, she turns into a different person. The way she has been treated by her colleagues at work creates an ongoing depressive condition that requires serious psychiatric support.

Is it right to talk about this as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

If it looks like a dog, if it barks like a dog, and if overall it behaves like a dog, then it is most likely to be a dog. In the case of PTSD caused by bullying and abuse at work, this is a particularly black dog.

But most of our images of PTSD come from much more ‘obvious’ and dramatic causes of such shock. When we think of PTSD we are most likely to think of the soldiers in Afghanistan who have suffered from exploding IEDs or have been subject to combat and personal loss.

In the cases of PTSD at work, then the obvious examples are of fire-fighters, on-patrol police officers, and other emergency workers who have had near death shocks in extreme circumstances. Each of these clearly are people who may be suffering from PTSD.

So is it fair to use a diagnosis of PTSD for someone whose mental health has been severely affected by bullying at work, rather than some more easily identifiable event or incident?

On the other hand, let’s give some thought to how a person who has been subject to workplace bullying may feel about themselves.



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Andrea Adams Trust – Goodbye & Thank You

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

On July 31, 2009 the first UK organization to combat Workplace Bullying — the Andrea Adams Trust — exited from the public stage for lack of funding after 15 years of service. The Trust’s namesake, Adams, coined the phrase workplace bullying for the world. She (with Neil Crawford) wrote the first book on the topic in England. Cancer claimed the pioneer in 1995. Read a 1994 Andrea Adams speech.

Lyn Witheridge

Lyn Witheridge

We at US-based WBI salute and thank the British pioneers for their contributions, including the six years of Ban Bullying Days and crisis line support for targeted individuals. Lyn Witheridge, founder and chief executive of the trust said: “It is time for the Andrea Adams Trust to pass on the baton, and I urge other organisations who share our passion in the fight against workplace bullying to continue with our work. “Recognition of the effects of bullying in the workplace is essential if it is to be legitimately challenged, which can only be achieved through persistent effort to raise awareness of this insidious practice.”

The Trust will be missed.
Gary and Ruth Namie, Founders, WBI


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How a woman becomes a bully

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Yet another story with the woman-on-woman bullying angle. However, UK Andrea Adams Trust director Lyn Wetheridge makes the more important point that the recession has increased bullying. Andrea Adams coined the phrase “workplace bullying” in Britain and led the movement until her death. The AA Trust is the forerunner to the American WBI.

How A Woman Becomes a Bully
More employees are suffering at their colleagues’ hands
By Carly Chynoweth and Tariq Tahi
The Sunday Times (London)
June 7, 2009



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