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Last Updated: Aug 06, 2019

Impact Of Bullying On Mental Health!

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Dr. Rakhi AnandPsychologist • 33 Years Exp.PhD - Clinical Psychology, Diploma in Clinical and Community Psychology, MA - Clinical Psychology, BA - Psychology
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Short term effects for the victim might include:

  • Social Isolation.
  • Disturbed sleep pattern.
  • Drastic change in eating habits.
  • Psychosomatic symptoms such as headaches, stomach pains, muscle aches and other physical complaints which have no proved medical basis.
  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Low self-esteem.

Long-term effects of bullying might include:

  • Disorders such as chronic depression, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Poor performance in school and workplace.
  • Poor general health.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Difficulty in trusting other people, establishing relationships and maintaining them.
  • Self-destructive behavior such as self-harm and increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts.

Impact on mental health:

  • Being bullied leads to psychosomatic symptoms, poor sleep and nightmares in the short-term.
  • Long-term effects such as emotional isolation, increase in difficulties in maintaining friendship and the development of various psychological disorders.
  • The bullying experience can be extremely traumatizing for the victim, especially for those are isolated in a group since they might start blaming themselves for the situation or might indulge in learned helplessness.
  • Bullying might also reduce the well-being of the observers who might feel stressed by the social polarisation in their daily environment.
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