How Bullying Can Lead to Depression

October 30, 2019

Bullying can have lasting effects on the victims. It often causes mental health issues that can linger until adulthood. 

Signs of Bullying 

A person being bullied may exhibit the following signs and symptoms:

Emotional and behavioral changes:

  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawal
  • Unexplained aggression
  • Frequent crying or anger outburst
  • Doesn’t want to go to school
  • School performance starts to fail
  • Develops a fear of the usual route from home to school or back

Physical signs

  • Unexplained cuts, bruises, and/or scratches
  • Coming home with damaged clothing or belonging
  • Usually comes home hungry

Other signs

  • Appears insecure or frightened
  • Doesn’t speak up
  • Often alone


Bullying and Depression

There’s a strong correlation between bullying and depression.

Bullied individuals are at higher risk of developing depression. In worse cases, bullying may even lead to suicide. 

What You Can Do

If you think your loved one is being bullied, it’s important to find the root of the problem ASAP.

Talk to your loved one and find out what’s going on.

Once you figure out what’s happening, it’s important to speak to authorities or people who can help. 

If the bullies are in school, it’s important to talk to the school counselor and/or teachers to inform them of what’s happening. They should be able to do something to keep the bullying from progressing.

Next is to talk to a professional regarding the emotional trauma brought by bullying. 

This can be a long process, depending on the extent and duration of bullying. Be patient and show your loved one all the support you can provide at this trying time.

Nobody deserves to be bullied. There are some effects of bullying that stay even after the scars from physical trauma were gone.

If you or your loved one suffered from depression as a result of bullying and conventional treatment methods are not helping you, TMS might help. 

You can request a FREE consultation with us. Simply fill out this form or call (520) 338-2557.

 

References:

https://www.ncab.org.au/bullying-advice/bullying-for-parents/signs-of-bullying/

https://www.houstonbehavioralhealth.com/blog/bullying-and-depression-effects-on-kids-teens