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HHS HealthBeat (April 11, 2013)

Bullied kids, troubled adults

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates that the effects of bullying linger into adulthood. Researchers saw this in 20 years of data on about 1,400 people who were followed into their mid-20s.

At Duke University Medical Center, William Copeland says bullied kids were more likely to have anxiety problems such as panic disorder as adults. Kids who were both bullied and also bullied others were more likely to have depression, panic disorder, and suicidal thoughts .

Copeland says parents should check in with their kids, so they can help kids get help:

"For parents, this means making bullying and peer relations something you talk about with your kids on a regular basis: 'Hey, how are things going at school? Are any kids giving you a hard time?' "

The study in JAMA Psychiatry was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: April 11, 2013