Bullying is a persistent problem in schools. Although some might dismiss it as normal childhood behavior that can be forgiven in time, severe bullying can actually have long-term effects on a child’s mental health. Despite the efforts of various anti-bullying campaigns, there is only so much that can be done through awareness alone.
If a student has signs of a mental disorder, such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD among others – that means that they are much more likely to be bullied, or even become a bully themselves. The risk is also higher for students with troubled home lives. Someone who is a bully in their childhood is much more likely to abuse drugs and/or alcohol, take part in domestic abuse, and have a criminal record when they grow older.
A victim of bullying can actually develop symptoms of mental disorder as a result of the abuse. A few signs that a student might show if they are getting bullied include: a loss of sleep and/or changes in eating behaviors, persistent health complaints and/or skipping many days of school, decreased academic performance, low self-esteem, and increased feelings of sadness and/or loneliness.
The best way to help children that are involved in bullying is to get them therapy or counseling as soon as you can. Schedule an appointment today!