Bullying

Have you ever been in line at the grocery store and someone cut the line in front of you and then became combative if you said something to them about their behavior?   Have you ever experienced someone making you the center of their jokes in a social setting knowing that you are humiliated by the laughter and comments being made?  Have you ever been cursed at and items slammed onto a desk in the work place by a manager because they disagreed with the way a project was completed?  Chances are you have been the victim of “bullying”.  Bullying has no discrimination of age, race, social status, and sadly religious preference.  As depicted on the graph below, most bullying begins earlier in life and unless it is brought under control during the developmental years the tendency for it to continue into adult relationships becomes a greater possibility.

According to a report published by The Center For Disease Control (CDC) in 2011, Bullying is a public health concern for the reason stated below:

Bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, and even death. Victimized youth are
at increased risk for mental health problems such as
depression and anxiety, psychosomatic complaints
such as headaches, and poor school adjustment. Youth
who bully others are at increased risk for substance use,
academic problems, and violence later in adolescence
and adulthood. Compared to youth who only bully, or
who are only victims, bully-victims suffer the most serious consequences and are at greater risk for both mental health and behavior problems.

For additional information found in The Center For Disease Control 2011 report go to: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention

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