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<strong>Bullying Affordable Counseling Center Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl </strong>

Bullying is an attempt to undermine and harm someone based on some perceived weakness. It is often systematic and ongoing. Although commonly associated with children, bullying can occur at any age. Members of minority groups are significantly more likely to be bullied in adulthood. A person who experiences mental or emotional health effects as a result of bullying may find it helpful to get support from Affordable Counseling Center Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl.

School bullying is perhaps the most well-known form of bullying. Children may physically bully other children by hitting them, taking their possessions, or damaging their property. Bullying can also be verbal and may include exclusionary tactics, name-calling, and threats. A modern-day form of bullying—cyberbullying—takes place via the internet and other communication technologies and is a growing concern among schools and parents.

Bullying can also occur in adulthood. In recent years, bullying in the workplace has received significant attention. This bullying can take the form of sexual harassment, attempts to extract favors, excluding people from meetings, gossip, and other forms of overt hostility. Some forms of bullying at work, particularly sexual harassment, are legally actionable and can result in lawsuits.

EFFECTS OF BULLYING

When it occurs in childhood, bullying may interfere with the development of social skills and normal relationships. People who are bullied may also experience:

  1. Low self esteem

  2. Reduced academic or work performance

  3. Anxiety

  4. Body image issues

  5. Health problems

  6. Fear of revisiting the location of the bullying, which can pose a problem when that location is at work or school.

  7. Thoughts of, attempted, or completed suicide.

In recent years, there have been several well-publicized suicides that were caused at least in part by bullying. However, many victims of bullying do not consider suicide. It is important to make sure your child is not being bullied. If they often come home with unexplained injuries or lost or destroyed property or if they begin showing an increased reluctance to go to school or spend time with peers, make sure to check in with them.

Bullying others is not a healthy or excusable behavior, but reasons for bullying are often rooted in emotional pain or a difficult family history.

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