Posts Tagged ‘PTSD’


Let’s Talk with Kalola: U.S. Veteran’s Experience

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Dear Kalola,

When I found this website I learned so much more about myself, and what is going on. I want to lead off with this.

  

In 1996, I left the military after three years as an infantryman.  In that same year, I started working in state government.  I have put in about 16 years of state service, and have worked for three different agencies during this time.  I worked the longest for the state department of corrections (12 years). During this time,  I re-enlisted into the Army National Guard and volunteered for Afghanistan.

 

After 10 months in theater,  here are some things that happened to me in Afghanistan: I was told by the commander that all the equipment has been accounted for and that the property book was straight. Come to find that it was the opposite and learned only a few months prior to my arrival that the previous property book officer actually had to take a pad of paper and inventory all three F.O.B.’s,   We had missing high-dollar equipment and even lost a vehicle. Not knowing my job very well I had to search for missing paper work and equipment with no help from anyone.

From 7:00 am to 10:00pm,  I was constantly trying to locate paperwork and inventory.  Once the Captain realized that I was having trouble the bullying and harassment began.  He started to become very paranoid questioning everything I did because he was actually the one responsible for millions of dollars of equipment. I was just the book keeper basically.  Then after a month or so as our mission continuously was changing, I started to receive verbal abuse and on several times threats of verbal abuse.  Just being in a combat zone was stressful enough. I can’t list all the incidences that I remember but give an idea.

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Mooney on CNN: Traumatized teachers need help

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Below is a wise essay about the least recognized aspect of shootings and our very public forms of violence — the vicarious trauma of witnesses. Everything Mooney says is backed by science. However, in America, we push both victims and coworkers to bounce back from psychological trauma as if they had simply sprained their ankles.

We shouldn’t have to wait until everyone personally experiences trauma before we call for compassionate understanding. Teachers are also bullied at a high rate by administrators. Other teachers witness it, hoping it will go away with time passing. The bad news is that non-physical violence triggers depression (and even PTSD in some) among witnesses. Mooney has told you why in the wake of a shooting care must be focused on witnesses as well as direct victims.

After School Shootings, Traumatized Teachers Need Help
by Edward Mooney, Jr., CNN.com, Oct. 23, 2013

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

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

By Malory Nye
8/9/13

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.

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Bullying by taser at Texas auto dealer: Manager films, laughs, expects legal protection

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Bradley Jones worked at Fred Fincher Motors, Houston, Texas. For the last several months, his sadistic coworkers and the dealership manager, Sam Harless, tasered him dozens of times. A taser attack is painful and a form of torture. When applied by untrained amateurs, it can result in death.

Jones endured the surprise, pain and humiliation simply because his coworkers sought to entertain themselves deriving their pleasure from his pain. They filmed the events and posted on YouTube (since taken down.) Jones has filed a Harris County civil lawsuit (Case 1035300 on Aug. 2) against his three assailants — Adam Winslow, Sam Harless and Alberto Chavarria, and the owner of the dealership, Patricia Harless (wife of manager Sam and a Texas State Representative). We at WBI hope law enforcement also pursues criminal prosecution of these civil defendants.

Somebody should at least their jobs for their monstrosity. Guess who was banished. Bradley Jones was fired!

Watch the KHOU-TV story and see Sam Harless’s confidence that the county court system will exonerate him and his cohorts.

Not sure which is worse — a gloating Harless or recognizing the trauma to which Jones was subjected while simply trying to sell cars or the all too predictable fact that the victim was the one fired !!! Share your outrage with Sam Harless.

Help the Texas State Coordinator get the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill enacted.

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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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Let’s Talk with Kalola: Legislative Staffer

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Let’s Talk with Kalola, where targets can share their experiences with WBI’s blog readers. Here we go!

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Support Groups for Workplace Bullying Targets in Seattle Area

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

WBI's Professional Coach & Licensed Psychotherapist, Jessi Eden Brown, will be offering support groups starting in February. This resource is designed for current and former targets of workplace bullying. Participants receive support and ideas from fellow group members, as well as expert advice from Jessi on how to address specific bullying situations and cope with the aftermath of being targeted. Groups will be held at Jessi's private practice in North Seattle. If you're interested, please email Jessi Eden Brown to find out more.

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Support Group for Targets Forming in Seattle

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

WBI's Administrator and licensed mental health counselor, Jessi Eden Brown, MS, LMHC, LPC, NCC is forming a support group for targets of workplace bullying. Jessi's private practice is located in the North Seattle area. If you're interested, please email Jessi Brown to find out more.

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Treating PTSD: Lessons from veterans for workplace bullying targets

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Wanted to alert WBI followers to a marvelous review of the newest approaches to treating PTSD written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Tina Rosenberg. The New York Times article is called For Veterans, a Surge of New Treatments for Trauma. Key points include:

- alternatives to cognitive behavioral therapy (talk-insight) exist in which PTSD victims do not have to recite details of their ordeal to de-sensitize themselves over time
- a Mind-Body program has a low dropout rate with 80% improvement score
- mindfulness may bring positive results

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PTSD: A tale of two countries

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a severe consequence for about a third of individuals bullied at work. That is, their coping responses to stress are overwhelmed just as is done to people in war zones or those subjected to personalized assaults akin to rape. For those who suffer PTSD’s symptoms (intrusive thoughts, hypervigilance (including anger), and avoidance of triggering places and situations), the causal connection between bullying and PTSD is clear. Many mental health professionals agree. Heinz Leymann, founder of the international movement, published research documenting the link in the late 1980′s.

Two current stories illustrate the vast gulf between American and Canadian approaches to this mental health dilemma.

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