Bullying May Lead to Social Anxiety in Teenagers

Bullying can lead to social anxiety disorder in teens and suffering from social anxiety disorder can lead to further bullying, a recent study found. The study, published in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology and conducted at the Finnish Tampere University Hospital, found that teens who were bullied in adolescence were at risk for symptoms of social anxiety disorder (SAD). A total of 2,070 students with an average age of 15.5 years were studied for two years. Boys and girls were found to be at risk for SAD because of bullying, making them targets for further bullying which, in turn, made it harder for them to report the bullying.

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