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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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The Self-Harm Triggers of Family, Relationships and Bullying

The Self-Harm Triggers of Family, Relationships and Bullying

Self-harm triggers include family, relationships and bullying among many others. For me, those three self-harm triggers caused the most trouble. Here's why.

There is always something that triggers the interest, want or need to self-harm. Listing self-harm triggers 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 self-harm triggers that 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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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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