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Bullying Long-term harm

We're affected by events from our childhood. Bullying is no exception.

Dr. Gene Breresin is Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Mental Health and Media. "When I teach medical students, I ask if they've been bullied. At least 25 percent say yes. To this day, the bullying haunts them."

In adolescence, Dr. Beresin explains, you're struggling to figure out who you are and how you fit in. You're self-conscious and trying out different roles and ways of relating to people. "When you get hit below the belt," he says, "it leaves a lasting mark."

Dr. Robin D'Antona is a founding Board Member of the International Bullying Prevention Association. When she conducts trainings, educators frequently tell her about their own painful bullying experiences and how they vividly remember them. "Whether they were the bully, the victim or a bystander, the pain from those memories are often vividly clear," says Dr. D'Antona.

The long-term harm from bullying is real. We all must take an active role in preventing and stopping bullying. "Stopping bullying requires a social and cultural change," says Dr. D'Antona. "We must teach children the children in our lives that everyone deserves to be treated with respect."

Hear and read more stories about bullying, in Bullying: True Stories and Words Can Work: When Talking About Bullying.

Learn more about Dr. Robin D'Antona at www.stopbullyingma.org

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