In Australia it is estimated that 25% of all school children are affected by bullying. Despite this figure being relatively high, it is likely to be higher considering that numerous cases are never reported. Bullying is a serious and growing issue, with ongoing bullying having the potential to negatively impact the health of individuals. Although bullying is often associated with children, this is not the case, with bullying often occuring in workplaces. This being said, this page will focus on bullying in regards to children and adolescents.
What is Bullying?
Bullying refers to the ongoing abuse of power in any relationship. Bullying can be verbal, physical or social with an intent to cause harm. With the dramatic increase of internet and social media usage, cyberbullying is also becoming an increasing problem.
Bullying affects all parties involved not just the victim. Bullies display higher levels of drug and alcohol abuse, are more likely to abuse their partners in a relationship and end up with criminal records. On the other hand, those who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, receive poorer academic results than before and face other health issues. Bystanders are also likely to be negatively affected.
How to Get Help
If you are being affected by bullying it is important to know that professional help is available. Here at Armchair Psychology, our team are experienced with bullying and are able to come up with effective strategies to overcome the issue. At Armchair Psychology, we understand that each and every case of bullying is unique and as such each session is tailored to your own needs. From the initial consultation you should come back with a greater understanding of the issues you are facing, and will start gaining strategies to deal with bullying most effectively. Through ongoing sessions at Armchair Psychology you will become well equipped to overcome bullying.
Where is Armchair Psychology?
Armchair Psychology is located just 1 minute from Edgecliff train station in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. So if you are struggling with bullying, contact our team or book an appointment to begin your first step to a better life.