STRESSED? OFF SICK?
PTED : POST TRAUMATIC
EMBITTERMENT DISORDER. Are you feeling distressed? Do
you have PTED? Are you suffering with anxiety and is it workplace
anxiety? Is your distress turning to stress? Are you suffering
with work related stress? Is all this due to abuse at work? Has
your doctor signed you off work? Do you believe your employer
is treating you unfairly? Is someone at work bullying or harassing
you? Are you being subjected to an unfair disciplinary or dismissal
process? Have you been suspended? Is the cost of it all impacting
on your home life and your general welfare?
There is a new disorder being
diagnosed in the USA in relation to workplace harassment and bullying:
Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder. With PTED the victim
can no longer trust anyone around him/her and the trauma in essence
consumes the victim with profound “bitterness” making
the victim incapable of moving on from the incident. We believe
quite a few people are entrapped in their trauma and have been
for years. Does this sound familiar?
WHAT IS PTED.
PTED is a proposed disorder modeled after Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD). Some psychiatrists are proposing this as a mental
disorder because they believe there are people who have become
so bitter they can barely function. PTED patients might not fit
the formal criteria for PTSD and can be clinically distinguished
from it, prompting the description of a new and separate disorder.
A German psychiatrist, Michael
Linden, has done some groundbreaking research into this condition
and describes its effect on people: “They feel the world
has treated them unfairly. It’s one step more complex than
anger. They’re angry plus helpless.” He says that
people with the disorder are almost treatment resistant and that;
These people usually don’t come to treatment, or do not
respond well to treatment and/or mediation because they believe
the world has to change, not them. This may be one reason (of
many perhaps) why mediation is not always successful in conflict
cases. He believes that 1% to 2% of people
are affected at any given time, and explains that, although sufferers
of the disorder tend to have a desire for vengeance, “…revenge
is not a treatment.
We believe the statistics are
This behavior is so common —
and so deeply destructive – that some psychiatrists are
urging it be more widely identified and acknowledged as a mental
illness under the name post-traumatic embitterment disorder. Embittered
people are typically good people who have worked hard at something
important, such as a job, relationship or activity. When something
unexpectedly awful happens — they don’t get the promotion,
their spouse files for divorce or they fail to make the Olympic
team — a profound sense of injustice overtakes them. Instead
of dealing with the loss with the help of family and friends,
they cannot let go of the feeling of being victimized. Almost
immediately after the traumatic event, they become angry, pessimistic,
aggressive, hopeless haters. This very severe emotional reaction
can become ‘all consuming’ and negative. The degree
of reaction varies.
If any of these sound familiar,
please read on. We may be able to help you. Contact us on 0834
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and put your question to us – or simply read on.
1 in 4 people allege they
are being bullied at work
and 1 in 8 people are
affected by bullying at work
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SUSPENDED OR DISMISSED
If you are facing a disciplinary
at the moment, it can be a worrying time. If you have recently
been suspended or even dismissed and you beleive your employer
has not followed the correct procedure, you may be able to do
something about it.
You need to act quickly as, the
general ‘rule of thumb’ requires employees to do something
about it within a three month time-frame. We are unlikely to be
able to help you if you are distressed due to something that happened
two or three years ago. Only therapy or counselling is likely
to help in this situation.
If you have recently, quite suddenly,
lost your job - with no satisfactory written explanation, you
may have been subjected to an unlawful process or even wrongful
dismissal. Does any of this sound familiar? If it does, call us
If you have been made Redundant
and you do not believe your employer has treated you fairly, seek
advice immediately. You only have a small time-frame of 3 months
to take action, today !
Have any of the above circumstances
(disciplinary, suspension, dismissal, redundancy) occurred because,
in your view, you raised concerns or submitted a formal complaint?
Seek advice immediately.
From 6th April
2010 doctors and employees saw the introduction of a so called
“fit note” or “Statement
of Fitness for Work” as opposed to the old system
of providing a sick note, which simply states the reasons for
a particular illness together with its anticipated duration. This
new approach will give you greater flexibility in terms of a phased
return, altered hours, amended duties and workplace adaptions.
HELP WITH WRITING
If you are going through a difficult
time at work and it is impacting on your health, or causing you
unnecessary stress, you may need advice and assistance right now.
Everyone has a right to be treated
with dignity and respect. If you beleive you are being treated
unfairly, or if you would like to raise matters with your employer
formally, we can help. We would be pleased to assist you.
Call 0845 22 55 787 today.
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If you have been recently released
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did not consult with you, inform you of your right to be accompanied
at the dismissal meeting, inform you of your statutory rights
and put the business case in writing – or fail to inform
you of your right to appeal – then you may have been dismissed
You really should seek advice
within 3 months of a dismissal.
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Are you worried about your job
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outgoing costs and living costs), we may be able to help. There
is a whole host of practical support and advice on this website.
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