Being Bullied in Childhood Might Lead to Depression as an Adult, Researchers Say

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.

Bullying Has Long Term Effects that Surpass Abuse

Children who suffer abuse at the hands of an adult will have various struggles and issue to deal with after they are grown, The repercussions of physical, emotional or sexual abuse from childhood are very real and often haunt an adult throughout their lifetime. But it’s nothing compared to the repercussions which occur from bullying some children are forced to endure from their peers.

A recent study shows that children who were bullied are four times more likely to suffer from mental disorders when they become an adult than those who were abused by a parent or other adult.

Amen Clinic even reports that bullying is a serious public health problem and 60% of those who were bullied as a child will have mental health problems in adulthood. Children who are bullied grow up to become depressed teens and adults. They have to cope with anxiety disorders, out-of-control emotions and often harm themselves either through cutting, suicide or both.

Abuse and mis-treatment of children in the home by the adults in the child’s life has long been recognized as wrong and harmful to the child for years after the abuse stops. A closer look needs to be taken of bullying, according to the study findings, and make it a priority to stop bullying which has long term effects that surpass abuse.