Bullying, Depression and Suicide, the link!
A new study on depression and suicide suggests that children who were bullied are more likely to have mental disorders as adults. This is because the negative consequences of bullying might not stop once recess comes to an end. These findings suggest that bullying can have as much negative impact on someone’s mental health compared to other kinds of traumatic experiences like maltreatment and child abuse. It is therefore important to begin viewing how a child interacts with peers in a similar manner to the way we can view the child’s relationships with parents.
At least one in four children has been the victim of bullying. One decade later, the children who were bullied were more than likely to suffer from anxiety problems. Children who were bullied as well as bullied others showed a heightened risk of depression as well as having some suicidal thoughts. The ones who were strictly bullies had a heightened risk of antisocial personality disorder. This disorder has been closely associated with criminal behaviors in childhood. Before this sturdy, there was skepticism as to whether there would be a lasting emotional impact from bullying. Short term effects of bullying include additional stress and the potential to have problems.
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However, the study on depression and suicide is talking about people who suffered from bullying a decade ago. Most of these people don’t still think about their experiences with bullies when they were children. However, there could be emotional effects that are hidden. Depression and anxiety tied to bullying at school persisted at least through people’s mid-twenties. Worse off were the people who had both been bullies and victims of bullying. It had previously been well documented that bullying causes problems only in the short term. The researchers were therefore surprised to discover that even after people were transitioning into adulthood, they would still have some emotional marks as a result of bullying that happened a decade ago.
Researchers have also discovered a strong link between bullying and depression. It is still not clear why depression occurs and it may have various causes. However, depression is closely related with bullying. In fact both bullies as well as their victims are more than likely to be depressed. The effects of bullying can be long lasting. In addition, depression can bring about problems such as low self esteem, high rate of being absent from school, anxiety and even physical illness.
According to depression and suicide, the relationship between bullying depression and suicide is not limited to face to face bullying. This is because nowadays, many teens suffer because of cyber bullying. The internet has made it much easier for people to communicate with each other but it has also opened a Pandora’s Box. Many people connect with each other through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. However, this has made people more susceptible to cyber bullying. The worst thing about cyber bullying is the fact that the bully may not even be known to the person. This is because some bullies will use a false account to harass others. This makes it easier for the bully to be relentless and more threatening because they are not known to the victim.
Signs of depression that family and friends should recognize are as follows. You should be wary of long lasting irritability or sadness, including outbursts of anger or crying. A person who loses interest in any activity that they usually enjoy could be depressed. A person who withdraws from others can also be depressed. If the sleep pattern of a person changes, either oversleeping or insomnia, the person could be depressed. If a person’s appetite changes or their eating habits change, this could point to depression.
Other signs of a person suffering from depression are when a person is always feeling slow or tired. Someone who is restless, worried or anxious can also be depressed. A person who is depressed can also lack the ability to think clearly or concentrate. Depressed people will also feel worthless, helpless, guilty or hopeless. Other signs of depression include aches and pains that have no apparent physical cause. Depressed people also talk about suicide or death. If a person starts giving away their prized possessions and saying goodbye to people, this is a sign that he or she has suicidal thoughts and/or intentions.
People who are suffering from depression need to seek professional help. A counselor or doctor can be able to get them back on track. A person with suicidal thoughts and/or intentions should be treated as an emergency case and immediate medical assistance should be sought. One can call the emergency services or visit a hospital. There are suicide hotlines that are available to assist people who are suicidal. Such a person also needs all the help and support that he or she can get from family and friends. This is the time to surround the person with love, compassion and understanding.