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What is Bullying?

Bullying is a persistent problem in schools. Although some might dismiss it as normal childhood behavior that can be forgiven in time, severe bullying can actually have long-term effects on a child’s mental health. Despite the efforts of various anti-bullying campaigns, there is only so much that can be done through awareness alone.

If a student has signs of a mental disorder, such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD among others – that means that they are much more likely to be bullied, or even become a bully themselves. The risk is also higher for students with troubled home lives. Someone who is a bully in their childhood is much more likely to abuse drugs and/or alcohol, take part in domestic abuse, and have a criminal record when they grow older.

A victim of bullying can actually develop symptoms of mental disorder as a result of the abuse. A few signs that a student might show if they are getting bullied include: a loss of sleep and/or changes in eating behaviors, persistent health complaints and/or skipping many days of school, decreased academic performance, low self-esteem, and increased feelings of sadness and/or loneliness.

The best way to help children that are involved in bullying is to get them therapy or counseling as soon as you can. Schedule an appointment today!

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas. Please note that we plan to be open for appointments; however, be aware that power outages may be widespread which may impact telehealth and other appointments. We may not know until the last minute in all of our locations on Tuesday. Please be patient. We will waive missed appointment charges on Tuesday, August 4th in light of complications from the weather. If you and your provider are unable to connect, we will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.