From Depression And Anxiety To Substance Abuse And Suicide - Horrible Effects Of Bullying
October 24, 2018 14:22 By Fabiosa
Lots of people underestimate the dangers of bullying. Maybe they just don’t know about its horrible consequences. Maybe if people knew about the pain a bullied child goes through, they would reconsider their beliefs. Or maybe they would even participate in the solution to the problem?
Bullying is not only about kids and parenting – it’s about our society in a global meaning. Surely, the way how a child is raised significantly impacts his chances of being bullied or becoming a bully himself. But different recent studies show that practically anyone can become a victim of bullying. That’s why this issue concerns everyone. And it is especially true due to some devastating effects of bullying on children, including mass homicides, suicides, and substance abuse. We believe it is extremely important to learn about the consequences of bullying to understand it better, and be able to help when it is needed.
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Effects of bullying: everything you need to know
The impact of bullying on children can be long-term and short-term. The effects of bullying also can be divided into two categories: physical and psychological. So what exactly a bullied child may suffer from?
Short-term effects of bullying:
- lowering of school grades;
- sleep issues;
- higher risk of becoming ill;
- eating disorders;
- social isolation;
- bodily injuries (including head injuries, damage to the internal organs, fractures and dislocations, etc.);
- tendency to self-harming;
- episodes of psychosomatic symptoms (headaches, stomachaches, and other complaints that have no apparent medical reason).
Long-term effects of bullying:
- chronic depression and apathy (loss of interest in things that used to bring joy and happiness);
- suicidal behavior;
- anxiety disorders;
- substance abuse;
- trust issues, or difficulty in socializing;
- psychosomatic disorders.
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Without timely intervention, any bullied child may begin experiencing one or more of these effects. The problem is that it can be extremely hard to recognize the manifestations of bullying, especially not the physical ones. However, due to the possible feeling of shame, children may wear long clothes to cover up their bruises or cuts on the body.
The combination of several effects can lead to horrible consequences, including mass homicides for the sake of revenge, committing suicide due to severe depression and apathy, drug overdose, etc.
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Cyber bullying effects
With the recent boost of technology, cyber bullying is quickly becoming the most common, as well as the most violent form of bullying, which can arguably have an even bigger impact on children due to the fact that it can occur 24/7. Cyber bullying can lead to the same consequences as any other form of bullying: depression, suicidal behavior, substance abuse, withdrawal, apathy, etc.
Today, for many children, social media life has become more important than the real one. This horrible change leads to an extremely dangerous shift in the children’s psyche: they undervalue life. Therefore, it is our duty as parents to make sure that our children understand that every life is precious and that every child has the right to be safe.
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Effects of bullying for the bully
With all that being said, let’s not forget that bullies also suffer from some tragic bullying consequences. In most cases, the following effects of bullying on the bully occur because they don’t feel or understand the limits of accepted social behavior:
- substance abuse;
- tendency to vandalism and fights;
- dropping out of school;
- early sexual activity and higher chances of STDs;
- having a criminal history in adulthood;
- becoming abusive toward their partners, pets, and even children.
Adults have to realize that children bully for a reason. Even if they do it for fun or asserting dominance, there’s always a much deeper reason behind their behavior. It could be domestic violence in the child’s family, or their parents may be drug addicts. Therefore, rather than branding them (which by the way increases the risks of the described effects), it is important to empathize and try to help such children.
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We hope you found this information useful, and now understand both sides of bullying a little bit better. We also hope that this article will help you to recognize the signs of bullying not only in your children, but also even in others. Let’s cure the society’s horrible disease!