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Children as well as teens that have been bullied are at a much higher risk for: depression, anxiety, panic disorders and more years later. Many children and teens who have been bullied will try and self medicate to cope with their anxiety, mood, and depression. Research according to the Journal of American  medical Association state that mental health issues continued into the late twenties from early childhood or the teen years.

Bullying is a distinctive pattern of deliberately harming and humiliating others. It’s a very durable behavioral style, largely because bullies get what they want—at least at first. Bullies are made, not born, and it happens at an early age, if the normal aggression of two-year-olds isn’t handled well.

So what makes a child become a bully? Often children who are dealing with difficult situations at home, such as divorce, or in school will bully others as a way to feel more important or in control of things happening in their lives. Typically, a schoolyard bully is a child who has low self-esteem and is looking to achieve popularity.Bullies couldn’t exist without victims, and they don’t pick on just anyone; those singled out lack assertiveness and radiate fear long before they ever encounter a bully. No one likes a bully, but no one likes a victim either. Grown-up bullies wreak havoc in their relationships and in the workplace.

The bully can victimize a child or teen: physically, emotionally, sexually, or verbally. Many times the victim of bullying at home becomes the victimizer at school or on the internet. These behaviors are learned.

Many Bullies were diagnosed as having personality disorders such as antisocial personality disorder as well as narcissistic personality disorder. these personality disorders show a lack of empathy and compassion for people and mistreatment of others.

Kids and teens no longer need muscles to bully and torment their peers. Some young people use Web sites, cell phones, instant messaging, chat rooms, blogs and social networking sites as options to harass, threaten and ridicule their peers. What may start as a joke can become very serious once launched into Cyber-Space. The impact on the victim can be devastating and even tragic. In participating in these actions, the bully may have committed a crime, exposed his or her parents to liability or even possibly damaged his or her own prospects for getting into college or landing a job.

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.