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Mental Health Issues Associated with bullying and Stress

Mental Health conditions caused by bullying

Bullying can seriously affect someone’s physical and mental health. Sustained bullying can cause stress, emotional issues, social problems, physical disorders and in some serious cases, self harm or even death.


The physical and mental impact on our lives due to bullying related health issues can affect our behaviour and relationships at home and work. It can also have an impact on our ability to do our job. Mental health related conditions are amongst the biggest contributors to long term sick leave in the UK with over half a million workers citing stress, depression or anxiety as a factor for their absence in the last year.


Identifying when support is needed is extremely important and having friends and family around is invaluable as initial symptoms of a mental health condition can be easily missed.


The body and mind are linked, and someone who is suffering from mental illness may also experience physical symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome or increased pain, these in themselves may be an early warning sign of mental illness.

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Mental Health issues related to bullying

When we think about bullying and mental health we think about cause and effect; the cause being the bullying and the effect being mental ill-health occurring as a direct result of the victim’s emotional response to what they have been subjected to. Here we explain mental health in more detail and offer information, support and helpful advice to anyone suffering from mental illness through work or school-related bullying

Mental Health

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Work Related Stress due to bullying

Stress is one on the biggest contributors to long term sick leave in the UK with over half a million workers citing stress, depression or anxiety as a factor to their absence in the last year. For more information about stress related to bullying at work click here as we address the issue of Work Related Stress and talk you through causes, effect and action you can take to reduce the risk of negative stress.

Work Related Stress

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Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder

Most of us have heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, very few of us have heard the term Post-Traumatic Embitterment Disorder (PTED), even though it is a condition recognized in the US and Europe and, importantly, the symptoms of PTED are known to everyone across the UK.

PTED Advice

Self Harm Amongst Teenagers

During 2017 there was a most disturbing, steep, rise in self-harm statistics among teenage girls, according to The BBC News. We have to ask whether some of these statistics are linked to bullying and to a condition The National Bullying Helpline is recognising in the UK called Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder.


Self-harm among young people aged 10 to 19 has risen since 2001. The study, which used reliable national databases to look at trends, reported a rate of self-harm at 37 per 10,000 girls and 12.3 per 10,000 boys in 2017. There were several other notable findings, including a 68% rise in rates of self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16 years, since 2011.  Some cases involved use of drugs or alcohol and social divide – finding higher rates in more deprived areas.  Disturbingly, the study did not explore the reasons behind these trends. We cannot ignore the possibility that many cases of self-harm go unreported.  We have to ask whether bullying and exclusion and feelings of embitterment played a role in these desperately sad cases. Teenagers and young adults fear humiliation and are often reluctant to ask for help. Are these self-harm cases a cry for help or an expression of anger.

What can we do about them?

Embittered people are often angry with the world around them as a result of something significant that has hurt them and/or impacted on their view of others around them.  Adults and children suffer with embitterment and a deep routed depression. Mediation and Counselling will not work as this category of patient will struggle to empathise as the believe others around them need to change, not them.


Our research into PTED addresses an approach called ‘Wisdom Therapy’ or Coaching – and a carefully structured technique which will encourage this category of mental health patient to look at the past differently and focus more on the future.  It’s not quite as simple as it sounds. It will require extensive skills and patience and much more research needs to take place.  However, we are optimistic about the future.


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