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Ways Bullying Affects Health in Children

We’re heading back into the school season (sigh) and while there are many anti-bullying campaigns out there and an overall greater awareness of it, it’s still bound to happen and your child may be on the receiving end of it – or be the one delivering it.

Your child may not want to talk about it, but there are signs and symptoms of being bullied that might present themselves to you (or a doctor or school official). It’s important to identify the source of the bullying and try to address it, as it can have major physical and mental impacts on kids. Here are seven things to look for…

1. Depression

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development explains that depression is a biggie when it comes to being bullied. Depression can cause kids to withdraw and become less interested in things they previously enjoyed.

Research from the national institute reveals something that may be a bit surprising to some – not only is the victim of bullying at risk of becoming depressed, but also the bully. “NICHD research studies show that anyone involved with bullying … are at increased risk for depression,” adds the source.

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