Check out the article on “Anxiety, Depression and Suicide: The Lasting Effects of Bullying,” by Brian Krans on Healthline.com. Some good quotes from the article: “Being bullied means always being on high alert. It’s the cold sweat that builds on the back of your neck anytime a bully is around. It’s living in constant fear of being a victim.
New research shows that this heightened level of anxiety among victims of bullying—and the bullies themselves—doesn’t stop after elementary school. It can have dramatic effects on a person well into adulthood.”
“Bullying is not just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. Victims of bullying are at increased risk for emotional disorders in adulthood. Bullies/victims are at the highest risk and are most likely to think about or plan suicide. These problems are associated with great emotional and financial costs to society.”
“Those who were both bullies and victims are more likely to have:
- young adult depression
- panic disorder
- suicidal thoughts or actions”