PTSD on Kids: What to Do When Bullied

About PTSD on Kids

There’s a strong link between Bullying and PTSD according to recent research

Some time ago, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was thought to be only for war veterans. But research shows any traumatic event can cause PTSD including dating abuse and BULLYING. As a matter of fact, bullying has a long-term impact on victims. They experience fear, nightmares, sleeplessness, and depression. Victims also often feel helpless and unable to defend themselves. Thus, bullying can likewise lead to stress-related conditions like PTSD.

PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that happens after a trauma like bullying. Although any kind of stress can lead to PTSD, it involves a personal experience where the bullied felt endangered, was hurt or witness someone else’s death, being threatened or injured.

So are you being being bullied? I hope the lists below may help you with your struggles.

  • Report to the relevant teacher, and then the principal if necessary.
  • If it is a behavior that may be a crime, report to authorities i.e. police.
  • When cyberbullying happens, it is important to document and report the behavior so it can be addressed.
    • Don’t respond to and don’t forward cyberbullying messages.
    • Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages. Use this evidence to report cyberbullying to web and cell phone service providers.
    • Block the person who is cyberbullying.
    • Report the post to social media site
  • Report to the law enforcement if the cyberbullying you experience is like this
    • Threats of violence
    • child pornography
    • sending sexually explicit messages or photos
    • taking a photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy
    • hate crimes

Seek help

PTSD symptoms go away after a few months for many children. Yet some display symptoms for years if they do not get treatment. One of the best ways to help you overcome bullying and deal with symptoms of PTSD is to focus on how you are doing. Watch out for your sleeping patterns, anger, your avoidance of certain people or places, changes in school performance and problems with friends. If symptoms do not seem to be improving, recognize that you may need to get outside help. Definitely tell your Parent or Guardian your situation! They may ask a pediatrician to refer you to a health provider who has treated PTSD in children. Feel free to meet with several counselors until you find someone who you think will make you feel at ease.

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