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Don't Give In to the Bully

Don't Give In to the Bully

Remember that jerk in middle school who always called you names or spread rumors about you? It turns out you may be more affected by this bullying in your adult years than you thought.

A new study from the University of Florida shows that social bullying, where someone verbally picks on another person, can result in depression and anxiety well into adulthood.

The problem is that when you hear these names or rumors as a child, you begin to believe these statements, regardless of how supportive your social circle is. Even when you grow up, you never lose the memories of being bullied and those feelings of anxiety or depression persist.

Now that you’re older and long past those years, it’s time to work through those bullying moments in your depression treatment. And since bullying in schools never goes away, working through your experience will help you teach another child how to cut that bully down to size. [Los Angeles Times]

Posted: 4/23/08