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The Long-Term Impacts of Bullying

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Bullying is abuse and can cause long-term emotional damage to victims. The effects of bullying include social isolation, feelings of shame, social avoidance, sleep disturbance, and more. Without intervention, support, and mental health treatment, victims can develop potential long-term consequences. In today’s blog post from Text 2 Stop It!, we’re sharing a few long-term impacts that victims of bullying are at risk for. Our goal is for our texting platform to provide teens with a way to report bullying so that no one has to suffer these devastating consequences.

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Chronic Depression

Studies have shown that both bullies and the people who are bullied have an increased risk of depression. And childhood bullying can persist for decades after the bullying occurred. If left untreated, depression can cause significant problems, including the increased potential for substance abuse issues. Watch out for these signs of depression:

  • Withdrawing from friends and family

  • Sleeping more or less than usual

  • Behavioral issues in school or at home

  • Lower grades or failing classes

Depression, like other mental health challenges, is treatable! You can help your teen by having an open conversation about signs of depression and finding them mental health support.

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Increased Risk of Suicidal Thoughts

Chronic depression caused by bullying can also leaded to suicidal thoughts, and potential suicide attempts or suicide. Suicide is a serious public health problem among adolescents, and youth suicidal ideation, attempt, and completion are on the rise. According to the CDC 2019 Youth Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 18.8% of high school students seriously considered attempting suicide and 8.9% attempted suicide. We must do all we can to provide our children with the mental health care that they need and to do our part to reduce risk factors associated with suicide, such as bullying.

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Anxiety Disorders

Victims of bullying and cyberbullying are subjected to stressful situations, and many victims are left feeling vulnerable and anxious for long after the bully has moved onto a new target. Victims of bullying can experience PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and social anxiety. If your child’s anxiety is disrupting their life, it’s important to seek professional help. A mental health professional can help children work through bullying and develop coping techniques to manage their anxiety.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that victims of bullying can experience. Children who experience especially abusive or long-lasting bullying have an increased risk of developing PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, nightmares, and startling easily.

Bullying is a serious problem that can have devastating long-term effects. We all must do our part to protect our children and stop cyberbullying. One way to do so is to support Text 2 Stop It!. Our text platform allows trained volunteers to provide confidential support and potentially life-saving information as needed to youth in need who contact our tip text line.