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Depression Treatment Plan
To Develop a Successful Treatment
Plan We Must First Assess The Situation That is Creating
the Stress, Anxiety and Depression
What are Your Options?
The Toxic Environment
Your Reaction to Bullying
What Are Your Options?
This is a simple question but requires an in-depth
answer. Depression, especially when caused by bullying
has many factors that need to be addressed.
Depression is often accompanied by very high levels
of stress and anxiety. We need to look at the underlying
causes that are driving these conditions.
The most obvious may be exposure to ongoing bullying.
Continuous abuse designed to destroy a persons self-esteem
is not an environment conducive to a successful depression
Where possible, get out of the toxic environment.
We won't go into a lengthy discussion about that here
but you have to break the cycle and staying in a workplace
or school environment that is hostile is dangerous
to your health.
There is a clear
link between psychological stress, such as that caused
by bullying, and the onset of depression.
You may have to take time off work or school and
go on sick leave or disability until you can get a
handle on the situation. Your health and even your
life may depend on it. Depression and stress at the
levels experienced by targets of bullying and mobbing
is not to be underestimated.
Depression does more than simply affect your mood.
There are the psychological and emotional depression
symptoms such as a feeling of pervasive sadness, low
self-worth, lack of joy or motivation, etc. but depression
also has physical consequences to your health.
There is a clear link between psychological stress,
such as that caused by bullying, and the onset of
depression. Prof. Kenneth Westhues describes a form
of workplace bullying known as mobbing as "the
stressor to beat all stressors". The levels of
stress experienced by targets of mobbing is no less
serious than that experienced by victims of rape or
that of soldiers in battle zones.
These extreme levels of stress and depression play
havoc with your physical health. There is a lengthy
list of physical and emotional symptoms
of stress many of which exacerbate depression.
Some of the more serious physical stress symptoms
include a compromised immune system, high blood pressure,
heart attacks and stroke.
So to deal with depression effectively we need a
depression treatment plan to address the underlying
problem, such as bullying. We need to look at our
own reactions to the bullying or mobbing. We must
find ways to aleviate the mental, emotional and physical
impact of depression.
The Toxic Environment
As I mentioned, so long as you remain in a toxic,
bullying evironment it will be difficult to catch
your breath long enough to overcome depression. Any
successful depression treatment plan will need time
for you to heal.
In the majority of workplace mobbing cases the bullying
gets worse over time regardless of what the target
does. If you do nothing - it gets worse, if you report
it - it gets worse. In the vast majority of cases
it is the victim who is fired while the bully is not
disciplined in any way and may even be promoted.
While it is possible to stand up to workplace bullies
and succeed this is very much dependant on the willingness
of management to deal with bullying. While there are
excellent systems and programs available for managers
who take bullying seriously many business leaders do not yet understand
how high the costs
of bullying are (to both the employee and the
How to deal with the bullying will depend in large
part on you, on your particular situation, on your
support network, on your own inner strength and determination.
It will depend on how long you have been traumatized,
how severely you have been injured, how easily you
can find other employment and on your finances.
You will have to take stock of your situation, what
are your strengths, what resources are available to
you, can you afford to leave, can you afford to stay?
Only you can decide the best way for you.
Sick leave, long term disability, quit or wait to
be disabled and then fired. Unfortunately, in many
cases of workplace mobbing these are the options available
Most mobbing experts agree that getting out as soon
as possible with your sanity, your reputation and
your finances intact is best.
Your Reaction to Bullying
How we react to being bullied has a great influence
on how severe the symptoms of stress, anxiety and
depression will be.
Relentless bullying can wear anyone down over time.
School bullies often bully simply for the pleasure
they derive from watching their victims suffer. The
greater the reaction, the greater the enjoyment.
Some suggest that ignoring the bully will help. Deny
the bully the reaction they want and they will move
on to more "fun" victims. Don't respond
to the bully, don't report the bully and certainly
Understanding the motivations of the bully will help
you deal more effectively with how it impacts you
mentally. Understanding that it is not necessarily
something wrong with you that has attracted the bully,
but rather that it is something wrong with the bully
that drives them to treat decent people this way.
School bullies will try to find some weakness to
exploit. They will make comments about how ugly, skinny,
fat, short, tall or whatever it is about you they
think you are sensitive about. If you happen to be
fat, for example, they will make fat jokes and remarks
to try to hurt you.
If it does hurt you it may make you angry, sad or
upset to be treated this way. If you show the bully
that they are getting to you they will be encouraged
to do it even more.
Consider this. There are many fat kids who are not
bullied and many fat kids who are. There are many
kids that wear glasses who are not bullied and many
kids that wear glasses who are. There are many short
kids who are not bullied and many short kids who are.
You get the idea.
So we can see that it isn't necessarily these traits
that cause bullies to choose one target instead of
another. What is the difference? Your reaction! Don't
feed the bully. Don't give the bully what he or she
wants - a sign that they have power over you, that
they can control how you feel.
For certain kinds of bullies, mostly school bullies,
this approach may work. Before serious damage has
been done the bully becomes bored by your lack of
reaction and moves on to more fertile ground. This
is part of why I disagree that the bullying should
not be reported in schools.
School administrators need to be made aware that
there is a problem student who is abusing others.
The bully may need assistance to learn a better way
of raising their own self-esteem or that it is unacceptable
to treat others in this way. The bully may be learning
this abusive behavior at home and may be on the receiving
end of mistreatment there.
Part Two: Depression Medication...
Medication: Can Antidepressant Medication Help?
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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