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What are common signs of being bullied?

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Signs of bullying include1,2,3:

  • Depression, loneliness, or anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Headaches, stomachaches, tiredness, or poor eating habits
  • Missing school, disliking school, or having poorer school performance than previously
  • Self-destructive behaviors, such as running away from home or inflicting harm on oneself
  • Thinking about suicide or attempting to commit suicide
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations

  1. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (2010). Taking a stand against bullying. Retrieved August 7, 2012, from http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/resources/spotlight/pages/092110-taking-stand-against-bullying.aspx [top]
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Who is at risk? Warning signs. Retrieved August 7, 2012, from http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/warning-signs/index.html [top]
  3. American Academy of Pediatrics. (2012). Health issues: School avoidance. Retrieved August 7, 2012, from http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/emotional-problems/Pages/School-Avoidance.aspx External Web Site Policy [top]

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