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Bullying: The Effects

The effects are graver then they seem.

It may be funny to you and your friends, but the person that you are teasing or bullying does not find it funny. To them, it means fear of themselves or thier surroundings. This feeling is something you should never have to suffer through. Throughout this book, you will see the harmful effects of those words you thought were funny. After this, I hope you think twice about your words. 

Bullying is Not a Joke

Signs and Symptoms: 

  1. Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  2. Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  3. Irritability
  4. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  5. Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  6. Decreased energy or fatigue
  7. Moving or talking more slowly
  8. Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  9. Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  10. Appetite and/or weight changes
  11. Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts



Drastic moods that affect how you live your day-to-day life. 

Call this number for help:

NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group 800-826-3632

Depression is a type of disorder that plagues about 350 million people around the world. To make matters more muddy, depression can be found in many different forms. Some of these forms include Persisent Depressive Disorder, Perinatal Depression, Psychotic Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and many more. Since depression spreads across all types of people, the risk factors vary from person to person; however, these are the common that are seen in all types of depression:


  • Personal or family history of depression
  • Major life changes, trauma, or stress
  • Certain physical illnesses and medications

Depression is a treatable disorder. The most common treatment is medication through antidepressants. 1 in every 10 Americans are taking antidepressants to help combat thier symptoms. Aside from medication, psycotherapies, brain stimulation therapies, and at home treatments are other ways to treat depression. The most important thing is to have a support group or person that can help you along the way. Below is a number you can call if you need someone to talk to during a dark moment. 

Signs and Symptoms: 


  1. Restlessness
  2. Feeling wound-up
  3. Muscle Tension

Panic Disorder: 

  1. Sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear
  2. Feelings of being out of control during a panic attack
  3. Intense worries about what will happen next

Social Anxiety Disorder:

  1. Feeling anxious around new people and having a hard time talking 
  2. staying away from places with new people
  3. Feeling nauseous around new people or groups of people 

Anxiety Disorder

A worry or fear that increases overtime and does not go away. 

Anxiety is felt amongst all people at some point in their lives, however an anxiety disorder plagues 18% of the American population in their day-to-day lives. This makes simple things such as work or school become insanely difficult and unmanageable. Things that make a person more at risk for anxiety include but are not limited to: 

  1. Shyness in Childhood
  2. Being Female
  3. Exposure to Stressful life Events as a Child
  4. Parental History or Mental Disorders 

If you notice any of the symptoms of someone with anxiety, get the help right away. Anxiety disorder has many different types of treatment such as Psycotherapy, Cogniative Behavioral Therapy, Self-Help Groups, Stress Management Classes, and even some Anti-Anxiety medications. Consult a doctor to see what would be best for you. Below is a link to the ADAA's website that is there to help those with Anxiety. 

Click here for help:

Signs and Symptoms: 

  1. Talking about wanting to kill oneself or die
  2. Talking about great guilt or shame
  3. Feeling unbearable pain (mental, emotional, or physical)
  4. Talking about having no reason to live
  5. Taking great risks that could lead to death
  6. Displaying extreme mood swings
  7. Withdrawling from family and friends
  8. Talking about feeling trapped or like ther is no solutions
  9. Giving away important positions

Self-Harm (Suicide)

A permanent solution to a temporary problem

Suicide is something that has no boundaries. It can affect anyone at anytime and it is a serious issue. Some factors that might make a person more susceptible to suicidal thoughts and actions include but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Substance Abuse
  • Family History of Mental Disorders
  • Previous History of Mental Disorders
  • Family Violence, Physical and Emotional

As stated before, Suicide is a serious matter. It is the third leading cause of death amongst kids 15-28 in America, a very sad statistic. If you suspect someone of suicidial thoughts or actions, get them help immediately. Treatments such as phsycotherapy, medications, and support groups have been able to help many people. Below this is a number to call if you or a friend ever need help.

Signs and Symptoms: 

  1. Scars that the person won't tell you about
  2. Fresh cuts
  3. A tendency to wear long shirts and refusal to show arms and/or legs. 
  4. Excessive rubbing of an area to feel a burn
  5. Difficulties in interpersonal relationships


A voluntary mutilation of one's body.

Unlike the other mental illnesses, cutting is a mental illness that becomes habitually physical. 1 in 12 teens in the United States cut themselves each day because the act of cutting is said to temporarily relieve the pain or pressure that the cutter feels. There are all types of reason that people begin cutting. Some reasons include: 

  • Abusive Relationships with Freinds or Family
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder

The real issue behind cutting is the habitual nature of cutting. Once a person begins cutting, they have a really hard time stopping becuase it is a habit. Also, these cuts can lead to infection and physcial illnesses from infections. Like all of the mental health issues, treatment such as physcotheraphy, suport groups, and medications are available to help people suffereing from this disorder. 


Link to a support group for cutters:

As many of the prior pages noted, there are many treatments for mental disorders. They are not to be taken lightly and the sooner you get help, the better. If you feel worried about coming out about your issue, there are anonymous places where you can get support groups. The best way to prevent these disorders is to recognize the effects and be aware of any risks that make you or someone you know more susceptable to these disorders. 

Help is ALWAYS Avaliable

Together, we will get through this.