Children who are bullied
often suffer from low self-esteem
, poor grades
, and physical health problems that can lead to an unhealthy outlook on life.
They found that bullied children are twice as likely as non-bullied children to experience psychosomatic symptoms, especially in samples that included a higher proportion of boys. Any reoccurring or unusual physical health symptoms such as headaches
, loss of appetite, sleeping problems
, abdominal pain
should be discussed with a pediatrician who can discuss the warning signs of bullying with the child or parent.
If a child is being bullied, parents are encouraged to contact the school for support. Because the negative effects of bullying can cause feelings of anxiousness, depression
or even suicide
, early detection and intervention is important for improving the health and well-being of bullied children and adolescents.