BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2013-010080

What kind of diagnosis in a case of mobbing: post-traumatic stress disorder or adjustment disorder?

  1. Carmen Concerto
  1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Maria Salvina Signorelli, signorellims{at}


Over the last decade a consistent increase in stress-related psychological consequences at the workplace, usually called ‘mobbing’, has been seen. It claimed physical, psychical and social distress as its victims, leading to an increased incidence of many illnesses, such as psychosomatic disorders (ache, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue and insomnia) and psychiatric disturbances (high level of anxiety, depression and suicidal attempts). It was recently demonstrated that mobbing is significantly widespread among healthcare workers, especially among female nurses. In this report, we illustrate the case of a nurse who, after a brilliant career, underwent mobbing at the workplace, showing depression, anxiety and sleep disorders that required hospitalisation and a substantial intervention.

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