Will Hall recently did a show on bullying and it’s ramifications with Dawn Menken on Madness Radio.
The shows excerpt is here:
What are the lasting impacts of taunting, teasing, and physical harassment between children? Why are kids who are different singled out and picked on? What can parents do if their children are victims of bullies?
You can listen to it here:
Today there is an article supporting the fact that childhood trauma does indeed add to adults mental health burdens. Of course all manner of trauma can do this. This is just one more.
Children who are bullied at school are up to four times more likely than their peers to develop psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations, delusions and paranoia – and the more severe the bullying the more severe the symptoms.
Professor Dieter Wolke, professor of developmental psychology at the University of Warwick Medical School, told the Annual Meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Liverpool, that around 5 per cent of the general population displayed psychotic-like symptoms – and the vast majority were likely to have been bullied at school.
He told Annual Meeting delegates that bullying in school can be divided into two types: overt bullying, including punching, kicking and physical intimidation; and relational bullying, such as spreading rumours and cyber-bullying which can lead to the victim being ostracised.
Children who experience psychotic symptoms are 16 times more likely to develop full-blown psychosis later in their lives. (read the rest)