Victims or office bullying or witnessing such acts are at higher risks of needing to use antidepressants, sleeping pills, or tranquilizers. This is according to a research done by the Public Health department of the University of Helsinki.
Workplace bullying is now related to mental health issues for both the victim or those who witness it. It is not yet clear if it completely translates to the usage of psychotropic drugs. A previous study had looked into the effects of bullying at the workplace to people and experts found out that it does more harm than office sexual harassment.
The proponents interviewed more than 6,600 employees of the municipal government of Helsinki and asked them about their encounters with workplace bullying between 2000 through 2002.
The study summarizes its results:
- About 5% of the workers said that they are being bullied
- Around 12% of the males complained that they were bullied at one point or another at their current or previous jobs while 18% of the females had the same experience
- About half of the respondents said that they have witnessed bullying at the office
- The cases of bullying at the workplace led to prescription of psychoactive medicine for males or females
- The male respondents who were victims of bullying were twice most likely to get prescription medications for mental health issues
- Women who witnessed bullying at the office is 53% more at risk of ending up using medicine to address their mental issues
Other considerations were taken into account. These factors include taking medications before the study, body weight, being bullied when younger, and economic status.
Around 10% to 15% of the respondents were victims of office bullying.