How to Handle Bullying
Being bullied is something many children experience, and the aftermath can affect them for many years, resulting in PTSD, suicidal thoughts, depression, and more. School officials and teachers do their best to manage such classroom occurrences, but educating children alone is a big task; sometimes, bullying happens away from school, too. As a parent, you can help your child in a significant way by watching for signs of suffering from bullying.
What Are Some Signs Of Bullying Should I Watch For From My Child?
According to stopbullying.gov, some signs that may reveal a bullying problem for your child are:
- Unexplainable injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches, faking illnesses
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem
- Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide
It is essential to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.
How Can Psychotherapy Help My Child And My Family Manage The Effects Of Bullying?
Psychotherapy can be very effective in dealing with the aftereffects of bullying, such as depression. Sometimes referred to as “talk therapy,” it is used alone to treat mild depression and moderate to severe depression. Consequently, it often accompanies antidepressant medications in treatment.
It is also effective when managing:
- Oppositional and defiant behaviors
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Healing from abuse
- Healing from trauma
- Issues with attachment
When one member of a family suffers, everyone else does, too. Psychotherapy supports every family member in overcoming the damage bullying causes. This method helps your child identify, express, and manage her feelings about being bullied. It will also teach her critical new skills to overcome those feelings, rebuild her self-esteem, and help her feel optimistic and therefore feel confident about the future.
Here at John Nichols Psychotherapy, I offer these services:
In conclusion, our journey is so important because it’s yours, and only you can travel it. If you’re ready to take that first step, call me at (615) 448 5800 to discuss how I can help you and your child, or visit John Nichols Psychotherapy to schedule an appointment. We can start your healing journey today!