PTSD and Bullying

Childhood Bullying Can Lead to Adult PTSD

Precursor of future health issues. 
     Bullying is a devastating occurrence in anyone’s life. But are you aware that being a bully or a victim can lead to very serious health issues as an adult.  Yes, either party can develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Many different distinct types of mental and physical health issues in adulthood can result. you will find them associated with chronic medical issues. This can reduce the overall quality of life. We consider PTSD to be a disability. It can be quite debilitating.
Definition of PTSD
     You might like to know what the definition of PTSD. PTSD is a common anxiety disorder. It can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal. This can be when grave physical harm or the threat of harm occurred. Family members of victims can also develop the disorder. PTSD can occur in people of any age. This includes children and adolescents. More than twice as many women as men experience PTSD.  It can be from exposure to trauma. It can also include depression, alcohol or other substance abuse. Other anxiety disorders co-occur with it. There are 17 different recognized symptoms? But I will list only the top four in the interest of brevity.
Precursor  of Future Problems
     Bullying can devastate you when you are young. Research has shown that bullying and harassment when you are young can cause PTSD. These symptoms can surpass physical abuse, neglect, and exposure to community violence. Other research has shown that childhood victims of bullying can exhibit a severe level of response. This can be 57% higher than needed to diagnose PTSD as an adult. Many studies studies show that as much as 75% of the population who get bullied as a child will develop mental difficulties as an adult.
Who Is Affected
There are typical symptoms that develop because of bullying. These ca feelings of powerlessness, helplessness, anger, and fear. This makes the bullying far more likely to trigger an episode of PTSD. Even though most people associate PTSD with military veterans. It can develop in almost anyone that has suffered an emotional or physical trauma. It can even come from a sexual trauma like rape.Symptoms       
The four major groups of PTSD symptoms are
  • Reliving the event (through flashbacks or nightmares, for example).
  • Avoiding situations (such as being afraid to leave home or talk about the trauma).
  • Negative beliefs and discouraged attitude about life, friends and the world.
  • Arousal, including sleeplessness, difficulty concentrating, or being startled. 
Where to Start
     
     Issues with mental health, if they are chronic (persistent or recurring) can be debilitating. Your body can respond to depression or anxiety. This is much like how it responds to physical illness. And sometimes, mental problems can occur because of a physical condition. So the first person to see if you think you are having a mental issue is your primary care physician.
     Your doctor will ask about your symptoms. How long you’ve been having them, and whether they’re constant or come and go. He will check for physical problems that could be causing your symptoms. He can then help you decide on what type of mental health professional to see. That doctor will help you to decide on what kind of therapy might be best for you.