May is Mental Health Awareness Month and presents an important opportunity to bring some things to light. Our mental health is much different than our physical health. If you have something like diabetes or high cholesterol, there are clear paths to diagnosis, and there are straightforward forms of treatment. With mental health, however, there is a much larger gray area, and unfortunately, there is a much higher likelihood that warning signs will be ignored or dismissed.
Have you ever witnessed one coworker completely explode at another coworker for a seemingly minor incident? Or maybe you’ve witnessed a similar blow up in public, a customer towards a retail clerk. And no doubt when it happens to a celebrity, it’s all over the gossip news outlets. Maybe you have even found yourself in one of these scenarios, either as the aggressor or the recipient. Why do generally kind, well-behaved adults act out in such a way?
An astonishing 80% of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our life, and for many it will become a long-term problem. When this time comes, we usually handle it in one of two ways. First, we often just ignore it, tough it out, complain about it to anyone who will listen, and slowly but surely limit our activities for fear of the pain. Or, we see our GP who may prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatories. If the pain persists, we might get an X-ray or MRI which may even lead to surgery.
Everyone feels stress now and again, but all too often we ignore it or shrug it off as just part of life. After all, stressors can be found all around us: at work, in our family and personal life, with our finances, etc. In fact, a recent Harris Poll conducted for the American Psychological Association recently found that money is the number one cause of stress, affecting 64% of adults in 2014. So yes, you are not alone, and these anxieties seem to be inherent in many of the ways we live our life.
By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
Whether working fifty feet in the air on a construction job or at a cubicle in an office, work-related injuries are an everyday occurrence. Sometimes even the smallest of injuries can cost someone time away from their job. And obviously because of this, we have workers’ compensation systems set in place. These physical injuries, however, are only half the story. A large number of people who are hurt in the workplace go on to suffer mental harm as well.
By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
Normally when we hear the word “bullying” we might think of fights on the playground or high school tormentors. Unfortunately, however, it is also an all too common behavior in today’s workplace among adults. In fact, recent studies show that most people will be exposed to bullying at some point during their working lives. It is also one of the most neglected behaviors as well. Bullying is not something to be taken lightly, but the more companies educate themselves and choose to be proactive in the prevention of bullying, the greater chance we have of reversing this trend.