Bullying Affects Mental and Physical Health Long-Term


Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital analyzed data from 4297 children surveyed over 3 time points (fifth, seventh and tenth grades) to find that bullying is associated with worse mental and physical health.  The article, published this week in Pediatrics, showed that bullying, especially when chronic, resulted in greater depression, anger and anxiety, and lower self-worth.

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Study: Bullying Impacts Mental Health for Years (Boston Globe)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Oh, an ounce of common sense finally published in a psychiatric / pediatric medical journal? How shocking! Hopefully they are finally overcoming their insane delusion that all people’s (including children’s) real life problems are “chemical imbalances” in people’s’ brains.

    How absolutely absurd it was to try to seek assistance regarding a bully situation from a “Christian” therapist, when I had no idea the entire psychiatric industry had gone off on an insanity fest of belief that all real life problems were caused by “chemical imbalances” in the VICTIM’s brains. Which, of course, could only be cured with PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS / LABELING / STIGMATIZATION (ANOTHER FORM OF BULLYING) and whacking the victim out of her mind with major tranquilizers, and drug cocktails known to cause anticholinergic intoxication poisoning. Then further attempted murders because I’d been medically unnecessarily shipped to, and “snowed” by, V R Kuchipudi (Google his name). But at least I now I have a theory as to why the women of India wear soris.

    Obviously, I did not find psychiatric services of value in my “quest” to overcome my denial of the sodomy of my small child, which was covered up by an ELCA pastor, his therapist friend, subsequent psychiatrists, and the pastor’s best friend, at whose home the abuse occurred. It’s not just the Catholic priests covering up the rapes of little boys. The ELCA Lutheran synod offices are covering up such crimes against children, as well. Not to mention the psycho / pharmaceutical industries’ crimes against children.

    But thankfully, decent and disgusted doctors and nurses eventually handed over the medical evidence of the “inflamed anus,” and I thank them. But I can’t thank all in real life, because one was a “Dr. #22,” and there was a very nice nurse who followed my family to two subsequent PCP’s offices, and helped to protect my children and I. I’m very grateful to her.

    Nonetheless, I am very grateful to the decent people within the medical community, but would like to offer this slice of wisdom, to all within the medical community. The medical wall of silence needs to end. Doctors refusing to medically explain how prior doctors had poisoned a patient, merely steals time and money from patients, who are then taken from their work, so they can research medicine and explain it themselves. We all live in the Information Age now, it’s not just the doctors who think it’s their right to break HIPPA laws, and try to kill patients who’d dealt with a prior “bad fix” on a broken bone, resulting in a “Foul up” with unneeded Risperdal.

    The evil doctors should not be maintained within the profession. The “dirty little secret of the two original educated professions” is no longer a secret, doctors. And committing such greed inspired crimes against patients is counterproductive to the betterment of society as a whole. But it is a wonderful way for the mainstream medical community to steal from their patients, after promising to first and foremost do no harm.

    God marked the denial of my innocent daughter a baptism at the exact moment the second plane hit the second World Trade Center building. God had lots of reasons to disrespect American capitalism on 9.11.2001. “Never Forget.”

    But thank God, I can tell the world that the psychiatric industry came to power with pharmaceutical money, and garnered respectability from the religions, mainstream medicine, and seemingly the US government, by promising to destroy all those who don’t believe in being slaves for a greedy few. The constitution matters, US politicians. I’d like my democracy back, please. And democracy worldwide would be nice, but greed only inspired corporate American fascism is not the answer.

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  2. I wonder how much money is spent each year to discover what sane and intelligent people already know. Amazing. But now it is scientific. Verified by MD’s and PhD’s. What a joke these highly educated persons are. Well, I suppose they intend well. But how about something more crucial like the way the “mentally ill” are treated. Often bullied and forced on medications that make them become fat and disoriented.

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  3. Wow, this is one big ‘duh.’ Common sense can replace a lot of research, and save us all time and resources–which could be so much more wisely and humanely allocated to help those in need, and also to help uncover the true mysteries of life. Moreover, the mental health system is, in and of itself, bullying. Next….

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