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Warning Signs that your Child is Being Bullied

Warning Signs that your Child is Being Bullied

By Ted Zeff, Ph.D

Many children are taught that it is a sign of weakness to ask for help and frequently fail to tell anyone when they are being bullied for fear of appearing weak or feeling shame that there’s something wrong with them. When your child experiences being bullied, he or she could be at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is an anxiety disorder usually brought on by a terrifying physical or emotional event or events. Some of the symptoms of PTSD include sleep disturbances, withdrawal, a lack of concentration, and emotional numbness. Sometimes, when bullying reaches a point of serious physical threat, the bullied child and the subsequent fear for their very life can bring on the symptoms of PTSD. The feeling of being out of control and in danger can cause the victim to disconnect from others by isolating his/herself and experiencing hyperarousal and hypervigilance in a constant search for threats. This reaction is the nervous system’s response to potential danger, whether real or imagined, creating constriction, disassociation, and helplessness in order to protect the body

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