Hello All, today’s topic is Does Bullying Affect Your Health. We have either been bullied in school, in the work place or on line ( cyber bullying) or we know people who have been affected by it. Bullying can happen at any age. The most common place to be Bullied is in schools.
I cannot think of much worse than being bullied, it makes for a very miserable school or work life for the victims, the child or adult can suffer from some kind of health issues related to these incidents.
You can be bullied in the form of rumor spreading, this is most common in the case of girls, verbally, mentally or physically, sometimes it can be a combination of all at the same time.
what we will cover:
Short term aFfects of Being Bullied
Long term affects of being bullied
Why do people become bullies
Being a bully can create long term issues
My Final thoughts
Short Term Affects of Being Bullied
- Bed wetting is very common in children who are being bullied.
- Feelings of social isolation
- Changes in eating habits : Annerexia, bulomia or eating to excess
- Not being able to get a good nights sleep
- Not performing well at school
- Not wanting to attend school
- Feeling ashamed
- Self loathing
- Is at a higher risk of health problems
- Can suffer from psychosomatic symptoms ( most commonly headaches and stomachache)
- Finding it difficult to make friends
- Suffering with issues of trust
Long Term Affects of Being Bullied
- Suffering from depression
- Suicidal thoughts, behavior and actions
- Anxiety or stress disorders
- Post traumatic stress syndrome ( ptsd)
- Bad health in general
- Self harm
- Having trust issues
- Being socially awkward
- Relationships problems
- Not being able to get a job
Why Do People Become Bullies
It is not okay to be a bully, but there must be reasons why this happens, what is happening to the bully to make them act this way?
- Is the bully being bullied at home either by their siblings or parents
- Are they the popular person in school, university or work and they like to show off
- Do they have anger issues
- Do they think this behavior is normal
- Are they neglected and this is a way of getting attention
- Are they being abused themselves
Being A Bully Can Create Long Term Issues
The child that grows up having been the bully can go onto carrying it on in adulthood, causing problems with relationships, this can include being abusive to your partner or children.
They may find it difficult to find work because of anger issues or having to be in control at all times.
They can have an addictive nature, to drugs or gambling.
They can also find it difficult to fit in socially.
“Bullying affects witnesses as well as targets. Witnesses are more likely to use tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs; have increased mental health problems; and miss or skip school” (StopBullying.gov).
One of the most important things for you to do is get help.
You need to stop bottling it up and hoping it will go away. It is not your fault. The chances are very high that will not be the case. If you are at school you need to speak to one of the teachers, you will not be the first pupil this has happened to and the chances are you will not be the last. The school cannot do anything if they are unaware of the situation.
Speak to your parents, they will have noticed changes in your behavior and will know something is wrong. Your parents can make the school aware if you don’t feel able to do it yourself.
If you feel more comfortable with your friends parents then tell one of them. They can bring it to the attention of the right people.
I know from experience that you think it will make the situation worse, but please believe me when I say it will get better.
You as the sufferor and the bully themselves need this to end in order to stop long term affects from occurring.
Once Parents become aware they may find it helpful to consult with a professional social worker, counselor, physician, or psychologist to help address the effects of bullying and to identify protective strategies, as well as being able to get advice on how to help you to deal with it.
My Final Thoughts
Bullying in schools and the work place is declining according to some studies that have been carried out, cyber- bullying is a new way of verbal bullying. It still needs reporting as the police have powers to stop it and take action.
Schools run anti bullying campaigns and this can help in many ways. One of them making it is to bring attention to the situation.
Have you ever suffered from being bullied? Is it still happening to you?
If you have been the victim of bullying and it is having a lasting effect on you, seek medical advice from your doctor who can then refer you to the appropriate professional for your particular symptoms. Help is available.
It happened to me between the age of 12-13. Luckily I suffered no long term affects from it.
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Take great care of yourself because you are very worth it.
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