Victimization in the work place causing depression is not a new concept.
We’ve all come across cases of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and bullying taking place in the workplace. It is portrayed in news articles, television, movies, songs, and more. It is considered a social issue and has inspired a degree of activism.
The complexities of how these experiences of victimization affect us psychologically have not gained much coverage. It is expected that being victimized at work will have a negative impact on a person’s mental health and stability. However, do we understand the many ways in which it affects us? How exactly does it affect us mentally, emotionally, and physiologically?
The dictionary defines the word “victimization” as:
“The action of singling someone out for cruel or unjust treatment.”
We can all agree that this has no appropriate place in the work environment. If you go to work each day and you are being victimized this will eventually have grave consequences on your overall well-being.
How do we know we are being victimized?
Laws in effect, prohibit overt forms of victimization such as sexual harassment, discrimination, and prejudice. So does this mean that victimization never occurs in the workplace? Of course not, and the complexities surrounding this are important to note.
Research has been conducted on victimization in the workplace and it has been found there are various constructs that may exist within the workplace that align with the definition of victimization.
Victimization Constructs in the Workplace:
After reading some of these constructs you may feel an eerie sense that you may have been victimized at some point during your career. It may have been at a past job or a current job. These constructs may even coincide with experiences you’ve had going to school.
These constructs illustrate the various forms that victimization can be presented and it is not limited to the workplace.
It is important to understand how experiencing these forms of victimization may affect us. It is possible we are being unknowingly victimized. Exploring the effects of these victimization constructs may help us to make connections with how they are presented in our life.
The Psychological Outcomes of Victimization and its impact on depression:
Many studies have analyzed the connection between workplace victimization and the negative psychologically, emotionally, and physiologically consequences it has on the individual.
Increased symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
Increased job related stress
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Decline in overall mental health
Negative somatic symptoms
Emotional exhaustion/ Burnout
Substance abuse as coping mechanism
Decreased emotional well being
Low level of job satisfaction
Low level of life satisfaction
Chronic feelings of:
Coping with Workplace Victimization:
We all have basic emotional human needs, this includes needing a sense of belonging, self-worth, and trust in our environment. The outcomes of victimization in the workplace undermine these needs and create serious mental health problems that we do not deserve to experience.
Coping strategies for situations where you feel you are being victimized allow you to have greater control of the situation. We will discuss in detail effective coping strategies in our next blog!
Read more about the mental health disorders that are linked to experiences of victimization discussed in this blog here:
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Are you checking your phone often?
What is driving our obsession with checking our phones impulsively?
Every few minutes we feel compelled to unlock our phones and cycle between the same apps. It's mindless but we still do it and for some ominous reason, it actually feels comforting to do so.
Every day we are bombarded with stressors. We are searching for any escape to alleviate the discomfort. The widespread access to smartphones makes this a common form of escape for many people.
We check our phones impulsively because it is an instant distraction. In some ways it is more effective than other forms of addiction and still allows us to be functioning individuals.
This is important to realize, because addictions to drugs and food affect our functioning in clear and obvious ways. We're able to determine our addiction and the negative affect it imposes on our life.
With the technology we have access to now, checking our phones, this form of addiction is subtle but it still may affect us in negative way and it is important to be aware and set boundaries.
How is Cell Phone Addiction Linked To Depression & Anxiety
We check our cell phones on impulse and it brings us a sense of comfort. Checking our phones isn't necessary but it gives us a momentary escape from anything we are feeling at the moment.
So how is this connected with mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety?
Depression & Anxiety
The symptoms of Depression & Anxiety are discussed here on our pages:
Our addiction to checking our phones constantly may be a coping mechanism for symptoms of anxiety and depression. The feelings of loneliness, isolation, self-doubt, and instability may be reduced when we check our phones.
It's a comforting distraction and coping mechanism but if our use hides a bigger illness and helps to mask symptoms of a mental health disorder, it is brave and important to seek the care we deserve and need. Putting our phones down and giving our mental health some of that attention is a beautiful step forward.