At Duke University Medical Center, researchers have found that being bullied as a child can lead to lasting psychological harm in adults. These adults can suffer depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and panic attacks. They are also more prone to suicidal thoughts. A 20-year study followed participants who were enrolled as adolescents and found that even though people grow up and are no longer bullied, the psychological damage doesn’t go away. Participants who were bullied but were not aggressors experienced higher levels of depressive, anxiety, and panic disorders as well as agoraphobia. Those who bullied and were bullied also had more suicidal thoughts and antisocial personality disorder.
Read the full article here: Being Bullied Increases Risk for Anxiety and Depression in Adulthood