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Struggling with mental health is common. The earlier you get treatment the easier it will be to get better. See below for signs and descriptions of bullying.

Bullying

Bullying is a problem that many children, adolescents, and teens face. Young people are vulnerable to the impact of bullying because they are in the process of building their identities and self-esteem.

 

Research has shown that bullying has damaging effects on mental health that can last into adulthood (Copeland, Wolke, Angold, & Costello, 2013). Unfortunately, sometimes people who get bullied don’t tell people who can assist them (such as parents, confidants, etc), which interferes with their ability to stop the bullying and go seek help.  

 

When we talk about bullying, we tend to focus on the victim, but a bully's behaviors are often signs that he/she is struggling in some way. If you suspect that you or your loved one is showing signs of bullying or being bullied, reach out to a mental health professional as soon as possible. 

 

In order to stop any bullying that might be going on, we need to understand if bullying is actually taking place. Bullying is NOT happening when someone mistakenly hurts a peer's feelings, feels sorry, then apologizes and/or stops the behavior. A bully typically continues to exhibit a behavior (emotionally or physically harming someone) on a repeated basis despite the victim's negative response. Please keep in mind that below is not a complete list of the possible signs of bullying. 

Signs that Someone is Getting Bullied

  • Change in emotions without explanation

  • Decrease in self-esteem and/or feelings of helplessness

  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations

  • Decrease in motivation for schoolwork

  • Loss of interest in going to school

  • Refusal to go to school

  • Sadness without explanation

  • Self-destructive behaviors, such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

  • Changes in eating habits

  • Unexplainable injuries

  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry

  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness

  • Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch

  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares

I took some of the bullet points above from https://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/warning-signs/index.html. I found this website to be a great resource on the topic of bullying. 

Reference

Copeland, W.E., Wolke, D., Angold, A. and Costello, E.J. (2013). Adult Psychiatric Outcomes of Bullying and Being Bullied by Peers in Childhood and Adolescence. Jama Psychiatry, 70(4): 419-426. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.504

US Department of Health and Human Services (2015). Warning Signs. Retrieved from https://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/warning-signs/index.html

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