Bullying - Emotional And Physical Effects On Health
In the light of this article, I want to share how bullying can have both emotional and physical effects on the health of students and what actions can be taken against it.
Jane, a 17 years old high school student has been recently diagnosed with clinical depression—a disease that is growing at a larger pace among youngsters nowadays. For many of us, depression isn’t real but as a matter of fact, just like any disease, clinical depression also has adverse effects on not only mental but also on physical health of a person. In a therapy session, Jane told her psychiatrist that she is of victim of bullying because of a burn scar on her face. ‘They call me names and as much as I try to hide my scar, in the end it always get caught by someone in the school’, told Jane while sharing her routine at her campus, ‘they call be the ugly loner…last week, a boy in the cafeteria made fun of my face saying that it was burnt by the devil. I feel so helpless about it.’ Jane’s psychiatrist told that the major reason behind her depression is the burnt scar on her face that she got in an accident. When Jane was just four and a half years old, her family met a car accident on a road trip. The car caught fire perhaps due to some gas leakage. Her parents sitting on the front seats lost their lives despite of the fact that they were taken out of the car by some local people as soon as possible, but in the meanwhile, the fire has caused such adamage to their skin that they couldn’t survive. Luckily, Jane survived but she had lots burn marks all over her body. She still have some of them that she cover up with her clothes, but the scar to her face is something that she can’t do anything about.
Bullying aside, her fellows even hesitate in inviting her over their parties or involving her in hangouts or get-togethers. She faces similar problems in class projects and presentation where nobody really likes to pair up with her. This behavior has led her to clinical depression due to which she has started to loose emotional stability in her behavior and her weight has reduced in an unhealthy way.
The scar she got in the accident is nothing in comparison to the scars she got to her heart from being bullied. People have treated her more cruelly than an accident could ever. Jane has lost her confidence and no longer believes in her potentials. She says, ‘It’s hard for me to socialize with people. I can never be confident enough like other pretty girls in building up a conversation with someone. I have tried makeup too, believe me I did, but it’s still visible and those who already know about it won’t stop calling me names no matter what.’ Her psychiatrists has already discussed it with her aunt who is also her guardian that in order to let Jane have a normal life, they can consider getting a surgery. Surgery can surely bring some improvement to her face and let her embrace herself confidently.
This is only one of the cases where a teenage girl is bullied because of her scared face and thanks to science there is still some hope that surgeries can make her look better that can eventually put a full stop to the insults she faces. But let us all ask ourselves, is surgery really a solution? What about countless other cases of bullying where nothing can be done. Jane has a damaged face but many of the bullied kids have nothing lacking in them apparently. Still, they are targeted and bullied because of personal reasons. Though emotional bullying is not taken much seriously but as a matter of fact it is as detrimental as physical bullying. Since bullying is more common in educational institutes thus it is affecting youngsters even more. So when they grow up, their personality is always lacking something (which they didn’t before people started bullying them)—whether it be emotional stability, confidence or socialization, something about their personality is always missing. In order to help such youngsters, students must be monitored carefully. It is the duty of faculty to make sure that no child suffers bullying of any kind. Even if someone tries to bully other students on whatever basis, serious actions must be taken against him or her. Though it’s not an easy thing but someone must take an initiative to put an end to it. We can all take some lesson from Jane’s story and try to make this world a better place to live in.