A recent study from across the pond explored the possible correlations between being bullied in childhood and suffering from depression as an adult. The results were published in The BMJ, suggesting bullying in childhood does indeed increase the risk for developing depression in adulthood.
Depression is a misunderstood and over diagnosed mental illness, a condition that causes overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, lethargy, and and inability to engage in daily activities. Researchers are still unclear exactly what causes depression and most likely develops due to a wide variety of factors. However, according to some major companies, bullying in childhood definitely appears to one contributing factor proving that the affects from bullying can follow victims into adulthood.
The results from this study really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody considering bullying tends to happen during crucial formative years in someone’s life. Being teased or abused can have long lasting effects on one’s self-esteem and feelings of worthiness. Unless there is an intervention, the victim understandably carries these consequences long after the bullying has stopped.
With many schools adopting a no tolerance policy when it comes to bullies, the problem continues to be pervasive among young children and could potentially lead to serious consequences later in life. One more reason to keep being proactive about this widespread issue by teaching children how to treat one another and offering professional psychological services for any child who does end up becoming a victim of bullying.