Effects of Bullying

Effects of bullying
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What are the effects of bullying? Here's important information for you as (a parent of) a young eczema sufferer.

When a child or teenager is bullied because of what eczema has done to their skin, the body, mind, and soul of the person goes through war. Symptoms of eczema can actually flare-up and become worse when bullying occurs, so alternative treatments may have to be considered.
Even after the bullying has stopped, many children and teenagers are still afraid of being teased when the eczema is active again or not controlled.  Effects of bullying are physical, emotional, and educational. Most of the time, the victims do not report the abuse or bullying until they feel they can no longer can control what is happening.

Signs of Bullying

Parents and caregivers need to be aware of the signs that something is happening to their child or teenager. Some signs of bullying include:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Reluctance to go to school or participate in school events
  • Changes in appetite
  • Altered sleeping behaviors
  • Changes in mood
  • Digestive disorders or disturbances

The Physical Effects of Bullying

  • Increased function of the respiratory and circulatory systems, such as increased heart rate, altered metabolism, and the fight or flight response.
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Skin problems
  • Nervous system disturbances (ticks, hair pulling, skin or nail biting)

The Emotional Effects of Bullying

  • Outbursts of crying and anger
  • Unable to focus or look at someone in the face
  • Verbal abuse (saying "I am dumb or stupid")
  • Increased sensitivity like being depressed or anxiety
  • Talking about dying or suicide

Signs of Bullying in the Educational Environment

When a child or teenage is bullied, the situation can affect how he or she is doing in an education environment.  Here are some signs that bullying has impacted the educational environment:

  • Reluctance to go to school or finishing assignment
  • Loss of concentration in class or activities
  • Drop in grades
  • Unwilling to participate in other activities at school-clubs, sport teams
  • Does not participate or interact in class

Even though the bullying may be identified and controlled, the child or teenager may feel that he or she will have a hard time getting back to feeling normal in social situations.

According to the international survey, over 20 percent of eczema sufferers that were bullied feel they have been shunned from a social community.  In order for these people to feel that they are welcomed in a community type setting, it will take some time and assistance.

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