Bullying adolescent relationships, anxiety and depression ;
Search the web and you will find many stories of children and adolescents who committed suicide after a period of being bullied. They are heartbreaking stories of young adults who have chosen to kill themselves to avoid facing the aggressions they receive in school.
Last year, a Connecticut teenager killed himself after just one day return to school. Apparently he had endured years of harassment from classmates, including very violent assaults. In eighth grade, he was sent to the emergency room for stitches after being harassed in the hallway, where other students watched the event. Unfortunately, there were many warning signs posted on social networking sites before taking his life.
Another student in Florida, only 12 years of age, after months of continuous harassment committed suicide through aggressive line messages and texts. Although the girl transferred to another school, the harassment continued. Up to 15 girls attacked her through the messages that told him to “drink bleach and die.” Unfortunately, a girl admitted that she did not care she died. Two of the girls who bullied her were charged with felonies and spend time in juvenile detention.
Stories like this seem almost endless on the web. And despite intimidation has been going on for generations, it has been recently states (all but Montana) have enacted laws against harassment because the relationship between bullying and mental health of adolescents is clear.
In a recent article published in the Review of the US American Medical Association – Psychiatry indicated that victims of bullying are at increased risk of emotional disorders adulthood, and that bullies and victims of bullying are at increased risk for suicide thinking and planning. The relationship between adolescent bullying and mental illness were confirmed in a study by Duke University last spring that revealed that the effects of bullying are long lasting, both for the victim and the aggressor.
The study followed 1,420 children from 9 to 16 over a period of several years to determine whether bullying could lead to psychiatric illness or suicide. The study found that victims of bullying are prone to higher rates of
Agoraphobia -. Fear of being in places or situations from which escape is difficult or impossible
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – a given diagnosis to those who experience excessive and irrational worry for at least six months. Excessive anxiety interferes with the ability to function and usually consists of extreme anxiety of everyday affairs.
Panic Disorder – A mental health condition in which an individual experiences sudden and repeated attacks of fear, often accompanied by a feeling of being out of control. uncomfortable, such as palpitations, sweating, weakness, dizziness, numbness and makes physical sensations you experience a panic attack. Intense concern for the next attack is a common symptom.
According to the study, those who were both aggressors and victims , are prone to panic disorders, agoraphobia, suicidal thoughts and behavior, as well as:
Major Depressive disorder – it is a medical condition that includes symptoms of persistent sadness, loss of interest in daily activities, occupational and educational decline, in addition to the emotional and physical potential. Major depressive disorder usually requires long-term treatment, including psychotherapy and medication.
Finally, those children and adolescents who were only bullies were at risk of antisocial personality disorder. It is a name given to those who have a history of violating the law diagnosis, be violent towards others, and can be manipulative.
Because the relationship between bullying and mental illness that many states have programs to prevent bullying, being implemented in schools. Of course, if you are a parent, your role is also essential to support the safety of your child. If you suspect your teen is a victim or a bully, right professional or mental health educator can facilitate the prevention of further attacks.
Golgowski, N. (3 September 2014). “Connecticut teenager who committed suicide after first day of school was subjected to years of intimidation tell friends” Daily News. Retrieved March 20, 2014, compared http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/connecticut-teen-committed-suicide-bullied-years-friends-article-1.1444213
Stanglin, D. & Welch, W. (16 Oct., 2013). Two girls detained harassment charges after the suicide. “USA Today. Retrieved March 20, 2014, compared http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/15/florida-bullying-arrest-lakeland-suicide/2986079/
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