Bullying has been in the researchers’ to-do list and after almost three decades of thorough research, they have been able to identify several consequences that can be linked to mental health problems as the child grows.

The consequences of bullying can be divided into two categories, short-term or immediate and long-term consequences. Consequences of the two categories can be linked to a number of psychological complications. Recent research conducted indicates that the secretion of cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormone is reduced which in turn cause the victims to develop social interaction problems in addition to assuming aggressive and other wanting behaviors.

Psychological problems resulting from bullying

Bullying victims shows several psychological health problems. The most rampant is excessive anxiety and depression. Eating disorders are also very common especially in teenage girls of between ten and thirteen years of age who may be experiencing bullying. Psychosomatic conditions are also notable effects in male and female children. There could be bodily flaws that cannot be linked to any physical causes. One could experience stomach and headaches before beginning their school day.

Bullying and sleeping

Victims of bullying experience various sleeping complications. Victims may have trouble in falling and staying asleep and many times, they will spend sleepless night when and sometimes after being bullied. If a victim catches some sleep, then their likelihood of experiencing nightmares are higher than in those who have not experienced victimization. Well, while the nightmares may be or may be not about the bully, they are usually menacing and fearful.

Bullying and suicide

It is very unfortunate how bullying victims are more likely to commit suicide than their peers. This implies that their thinking is more suicide-bound and rampant than it is in their normal age-mates. Deriving at examples from top profile cases, many bullying victims act as directed by their thoughts, leading to deaths.

Bullying and peer interaction

Bullied or victimized individuals experience very low social and esteem status as compare to non- victimized individuals. Well, while bullying of a kid could be associated with being socially excluded in the first place, rejection by peers worsens when the kid experiences bullying. What results from this is the feeling of loneliness and desertion by the victim and subsequently, he/she suffers a low self-esteem and the inferiority complex condition.

Bullying and school

Academic deterioration can be linked with bullying. This is attributed to the increased absenteeism of the victim to avoid being bullied. A study conducted indicates that about 8% of the young scholars are absent at school for at least one time in a month to avoid victimization. If at school, the victims may avoid various school areas. Not only do the victims avoid certain areas of the learning institution, they are also have a certain scaring feeling that tends to make their learning very difficult, if not completely impossible.