Poll shows that a bad boss can give you heart problems, PTSD, and even suicidal thoughts

Tired woman in the office

We know workplace bullying causes health issues. In a 2012 Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) poll, more than half of respondents were treated by a physician (71 percent) and/or mental health professional (63 percent). Not surprisingly, respondents reported their top five workplace bullying-related health problems (in order of frequency):

  • Anxiety (76%)
  • Loss of concentration (71%)
  • Disrupted sleep (71%)
  • Hypervigilance symptoms (60%)
  • Stress headaches (55%)

Putting it all together
Symptoms translate to serious health issues — all due to the hurt, pain, and often shock of the workplace abuse from toxic bosses’ and coworkers’ insecurity and entitlement.

  • PTSD. More than 30 percent of respondents had symptoms Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when we consider that PTSD includes intrusive thoughts, hypervigilance, and avoidance-disassociation.
  • Clinical depression and anxiety. Nearly 50 percent reported symptoms of clinical depression, including sleep disruption, loss of concentration or memory, uncontrollable mood swings, and emotion-regulating medications. Nearly 80 percent reported overwhelming anxiety. More than 50 percent reported panic attacks.
  • Suicidal and violent thoughts. Nearly 30 percent reported suicidal thoughts, and 40 percent understood how a person could be driven to hurting or killing those who bullied them.
  • Heart problems. More than 60 percent reported heart palpitations, and nearly 60 percent reported high blood pressure.
  • Mistrust and grief. More than 74 percent reported sense of betrayal by peers, more than 62 percent reported distrust of institutions, and nearly 47 percent reported grief over losses.
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