Workplace Bullying and Depression: A Victim’s Story

The St. Petersburg Times recently reported about a workplace bullying victim who suffered major depression and gained 90 pounds in two years as a result of being harassed and abused by a coworker on an ongoing basis.

Jane Soderstrom, a registered nurse who worked at BayCare, went on on medical leave on March 30 after the constant bullying caused her to suffer anxiety disorder, a major depression episode, insomnia, headaches, shakes, and dizziness.

After she finally decided that HR was unable or unwilling to help her, Soderstrom filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and her bully was demoted.

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2 responses to “Workplace Bullying and Depression: A Victim’s Story

  1. Such a sad story. I have had many targets of bullying in my practice with a few I’m working with right now. I am authoring a new book on the subject with a scale to measure types of bullying and thus stratify responses and hopefully create more action plans than exist now. Thanks for posting this.
    K

  2. I’m trying my best to seek help with my depression. I filed an EEOC charge against my Ex-employer for discrimination and retaliation for filing a labor claim against them. The discrimination has been going on for over 6 months. I worked with a group of white co-workers whom are all golfing buddies and they all grew up together. These co-workers have known each other for over 30 years, so when I was hired must have been a shock to them. They would not associate with me and started doing nasty things like spreading false rumors to management, bullying me, bumping into me on purpose, sabotaging my work. I have never been reprimanded nor have I ever been written up for poor job performance. I asked my Manager if I could talk to HR about the discrimination and harassment and he said no! Shortly after that I was laid off and they hired another friend of theirs. I’ve been humiliated, depressed, angry, can’t sleep! Chest pains! all because my co-workers did not want me working with them. Can you please tell me what to do!!!!

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