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Can Childhood Bullying Cause Mental Illness?

Can Childhood Bullying Cause Mental Illness?

Can childhood bullying cause mental illness? I am the proud aunt of four nephews and one niece, all age five and under (family gatherings are very lively). The oldest, Desi, has started preschool; but, as a child with sensory processing disorder, is having a hard time. The other children are mean to him–one said he hated him in front of their mothers and the other boy’s mother did nothing. Desi goes into the playhouse and cries when the other children refuse to play with him. It reminds me of my childhood and breaks my heart to see it played out with my special needs nephew. I fear the answer to the question, “Can childhood bullying cause mental illness?” will play out with him.

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Self-Harm and the “Everyone Hates Me” Mindset

Self-Harm and the “Everyone Hates Me” Mindset

More times than not, those who self-harm have incredibly low self-esteem and self-confidence and have an “everyone hates me” mindset. This can often route from struggles with depression and anxiety, which is common in the self-harm realm. At times, those who feel this way may stretch what they see to be the truth – meaning that while they see everyone as hating them, those around them really don’t feel that way. Since this is common amongst those who self-harm and battle mental health demons, it also means it could take many years before they begin to gain some sort of positive self-concept.

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Self-Harm and Bullying: From School to the Workplace

Self-Harm and Bullying: From School to the Workplace

As human beings, we are bound to be bullied and to bully others. During my teenage years, bullying was something that happened everyday and was talked about quite a bit. Classes talked about it and some teachers made their student’s do projects on the topic. Bullying can definitely trigger those who self-harm and lead to negative behaviors.

However, bullying doesn’t end in high school – it continues through college and you can face workplace bullies, too.

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Self-Harm and Triggers: Family, Relationships and Bullying

Self-Harm and Triggers: Family, Relationships and Bullying

There is always something that sparks the interest, want or need to self-harm. This topic could go on forever, but after looking around at others who have self-harmed, as well as my own background, I found three major triggers that seem to be factors in the self-harming world.

The three I noticed popped up the most were: family, relationships and bullying.

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Depression: Mental Illness or Mental Awareness?

Depression: Mental Illness or Mental Awareness?

I have suffered from depression, on-and-off, since the age of five or six. It wasn’t until I was locked away in a psychiatric institution that I began to feel as though I was actually ‘mentally ill.’

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Definition of Abuse: A Domestic Violence Education

Definition of Abuse: A Domestic Violence Education

What is the definition of abuse? What counts as domestic violence? People search for versions of those questions thousands of times each month. Are there really so many people who do not know any definition for abuse?

I don’t think so. I think victims continue searching for the definition of abuse because they want to believe their loved one does not abuse them. Victims would rather believe that they, in fact, are as crazy as their abusive relationship makes them feel. They want the definition of abuse to be something other than what they read on that last website.

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Talk to Your Teens About Bullying and Dating Violence

Talk to Your Teens About Bullying and Dating Violence

Only 33% of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.~Liz Claiborne Inc., Conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, (February 2005).

Two of three teens being abused tell no one about their abuse. They don’t tell parents, mentors, or friends. The victim’s shame and hope that the abuser will “see reason” and either leave them alone (bully) or love them (dating abuse) become barriers to his or her communication with people who want to help.

Although I would like to think my child is the 1 in 3 who report bullying or dating abuse, the odds are stacked against me. So, last night, as I hugged my 15 year old before bed, I asked him if anyone had bullied him at school or online.

Surprisingly, he said, “I don’t know.” And then, more surprisingly, he said, “I don’t know what that would be like.”

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Bullying Goes Viral – Digital Abuse and Teens

Bullying Goes Viral – Digital Abuse and Teens

Teenagers stand on the brink of discovering who they are. It’s a magical time, full of opportunity and promise. Teens have the advantage of constant contact with their peers and adult role models via personal phones and the Internet’s vast array of video chat, picture sharing, social networking, and all the rest. Teens are connected in ways we couldn’t be at their age. Like so many other great possibilities, this connectedness can be both a blessing and a curse.

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A Narcissist Explains Workplace Bullies

A Narcissist Explains Workplace Bullies

According to the  Workplace Bullying Institute, 35% of the U.S. workforce – an estimated 53.5 million Americans – report being bullied at work. If you’re one of them, you’re already well acquainted with the dread and anxiety that goes along with being a victim of chronic psychological violence. But how well do you know your tormentor? Is she a narcissist, driven by a grandiose sense of her own importance? Is he a psychopath, devoid of compassion and empathy? Arming yourself with information about workplace bullies and their methods may help you find ways of coping with them.

How do Workplace Bullies Operate?

sam-vakninWho better to shed light on the minds and motives of workplace bullies than a self-proclaimed narcissist? Sam Vaknin has Narcissistic Personality Disorder and is the author of the best-selling book, Malignant Self-Love – Narcissism Revisited. Sam joined us on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show to share his perspective on workplace bullies. He discusses:

  • The difference between a narcissist and a psychopath.
  • How to spot narcissists and psychopaths.
  • The tactics workplace bullies use in different environments.
  • How narcissists and psychopaths choose their targets.
  • What you can do to protect yourself.

Video on Narcissistic Workplace Bullies

Watch our video interview with Sam for more information about the narcissist, psychopath, and how you can make working with them easier on How to Cope with Narcissistic and Psychopathic Bullies in the Workplace.  And here’s the table of contents for all mental health video interviews from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Share Your Experiences with Workplace Bullies

Have you been a victim of workplace bullying? Are you the target of a narcissist or psychopath? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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