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What are the Symptoms of Depression?
Targets of Bullying Often Experience Depressive Symptoms
and Should Seek Depression Relief
What are Common
When someone is subjected to bullying the
stress, anxiety and depression can take their toll
and severely impact a person's quality of life. Being under constant seige will drain anyone of mental
and physical resources and depression is an understandable
Depression symptoms can begin to arise in subtle
ways and can sneak up if you don't know what to watch
for. Bullies don't just create isolated problems in
schoos and workplaces, they attack on many fronts.
They attack the emotions and mental state of their
targets. Bullies undermine your self esteem and shatter
your sense of well being.
Social support structures
can collapse as friends,
family and spouses also struggle to deal with a loved
one being bullied. Hopelessness and depression set
A cascade or domino effect takes place. Fear of the
bully and what they will do next creates anxiety and
worry, racing thoughts intrude and make relaxation
and sleep difficult or impossible. Fatigue, exhaustion
and distraction lead to more problems at work or school.
At work this can bring disciplinary measures with
threats of termination from managers who are ill informed
about the dynamics of workplace bullying. So the stress
of bullying is compounded by inappropriate responses
from those in authority.
Fears of financial and social ruin add to the cocktail
of misery. Worry about the loss of status, career,
respect of peers and income can plague targets of
bullying. Social support structures can collapse as
friends, family and spouses also struggle to deal
with a loved one being bullied. Hopelessness and depression
set in and depression symptoms become even more pronounced.
These concerns are very real. Prof. Heinz Leymann,
a Swedish psychologist studying an extreme form of
workplace bullying known as mobbing said, "Not infrequently, mobbing spelled the
end of the target’s career, marriage, health,
In a Swedish study Prof. Leymann estimated that about
twelve percent of people who had committed suicide
had recently been mobbed at work. The effects of stress,
anxiety and depression caused by bullying should not
be taken lightly.
are Common Depression Symptoms?
As the bullying or mobbing progresses symptoms of
depression will begin to appear. Longer exposure to
this kind of abuse often results in the development
of major depression. Major depression is diagnosed
by a doctor or mental health professional if many
of the following symptoms are present. Generally,
depressive symptoms include:
- Depressed Moods - A feeling of deep sadness and that you are helpless
to deal with your life and that the situation is
hopeless. These depressive symptoms can feel overwhelming.
- Anhedonia - The loss of interest and pleasure from things you
used to enjoy. Life losses its lustre without a
sense of joy. This depression symptom along with
depressed moods are strong indicators of depression.
- Lowered Libido - Those experiencing depression often have less interest
in sex. This symptom of depression can result in
a significant reduction of interest in sexual relations.
- Sleep Disturbances - Either sleeping too much or difficulty sleeping
can be depression symptoms. It is not unusual for
those suffering from depression to wake up during
the night or too early and be unable to get back
to sleep. Another depressive symptom would be sleeping
much more than you normally would.
- Changes in Weight - Those seeking depression relief may eat too much
or due to anhedionia my lose interest in eating
and lose their appetite resulting in sometimes dramatic
- Fatigue and Low Energy
- Feeling tired and not having any energy
are common depression symptoms. Even after waking
in the morning you may feel as tired as if you hadn't
slept at all. Everything seems to take an extra
effort and even body movements can slow including
speech that may become slow and spoken in a monotone.
- Poor Concentration and
Impaired Thinking - Depression causes some
to lose their mental focus. Concentration is lost
and clear thinking becomes more difficult. Memory
is also affected. Those experiencing this depression
symptom could have difficulty remembering a short
list of items they wanted to pick up at the grocery
store for example.
- Irritablility - Even the little things can bother you and you are
easily annoyed. Your tolerance levels are low and
you may feel irritable, agitated or restless.
- Low Self-Esteem - Those experiencing depression often feel worthless
and may also have feelings of guilt. These negative
views are persistent and we can lose faith in ourselves
and hope for the future.
- Suicidal Thoughts - Given this list of depression symptoms it is understandable
that living with depression can be overwhelming.
Many just want the pain and suffering to end, even
if it means their own death. Those suffering from
depression may think of death or suicide.
Some targets of bullying or mobbing may want to
make the bullies responsible for making them feel
this way pay for what they have done and may have
thoughts of homicide. In too many cases suicidal
and homicidal ideations are acted out.
While the information
here is provided to help you understand depression
symptoms it is not to be used to self-diagnose
or to determine depression treatment or depression
medication. If you are experiencing depressive
symptoms discuss this with qualified medical
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