The majority of bullying cases occur with school-aged children. However, those in minority groups can be bullied throughout adulthood. Bullying takes many forms and affects those being bullied, those witnessing the bullying, and the bully. People who mistreat others in this way are typically doing so in order to feel better about themselves due to their own insecurities, personal struggles, or power cravings. However, bullying does not solve these issues for the perpetrators and therefore, it becomes an endless cycle that negatively affects both parties. Bullying can be detrimental to an individual’s self-esteem and can result in serious mental health problems. In extreme cases, a victim of bullying may even violently retaliate. It is best to reach out to a professional for help, as they will not only form an immediate action plan, but will work to rebuild your self-confidence.
What is Bullying?
Bullying consists of one person intentionally harming another. The key point in the definition of bullying is that there is a power imbalance between the perpetrator and the victim. Those who suffer from bullying typically experience psychological and social issues, such as Depression or social isolation.
Bullying is especially prevalent nowadays due to the fact that a bully can harm someone purely online without having to face the victim. Although it affects both children and adults worldwide, it is particularly important to address school-aged bullying. People are easily influenced when they are young and therefore, bullying can cause mental health problems. In many cases of adolescent bullying, victims’ insecurities heighten and last for a lifetime. Even after a teenager stops being bullied, there are often still long-lasting effects.
What are the types of Bullying?
– Physical Bullying:
– A larger or stronger individual physically harming another (hitting, kicking, punching, etc.)
– Verbal Bullying
– Name-calling and insulting
– Harassing, embarrassing, or threatening an individual online
– Social Bullying
– Spreading rumors and isolating an individual in order to harm their social status or relationships with peers
What are the symptoms of Bullying?
– Low self-esteem
– Self harm
– Eating disorders
– Loss of sleep
– Poor academic performance
– Social isolation
– Researching suicide
– Substance abuse
How can therapy help?
If you are a victim of bullying and choose to go to therapy, your therapist will work with you to eventually accept what has occurred and to move forward from the trauma. They will help you reflect on the types of emotions you feel following bullying incidents and identify the actions you typically make as a result of those emotions. Often, those suffering from bullying are unaware that they resort to detrimental coping mechanisms. You and your therapist will discuss more effective ways of handling these thoughts and feelings. Just because a person feels the need to pick on others due to their own insecurities does not mean that you are deserving of this treatment and that you should have to endure it alone.
Types of therapy offered for Bullying at The Blue Tree Clinic?
– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
How can The Blue Tree Clinic help you?
One of the most effective types of treatment for those who have suffered from bullying is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. At The Blue Tree Clinic, we have talented therapists who specialize in CBT and will assist you in regaining your self-confidence from a problem/solution approach. In discussing solutions to the bullying, your therapist will also help you combat any other related mental health issues. At The Blue Tree Clinic, we will provide you with undivided one-to-one attention and support you through such harmful mistreatment.
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