WHAT IS VERBAL BULLYING?
Verbal bullying is when someone uses words in a negative way. Teasing and insults are the common types of verbal bullying. People who talk and shouts negative words to an individual is a way of verbal bullying. Verbal bullying is not considered as serious as physical bullying and cyberbullying in Australia but this bullying behavior can cause more traumatic experiences for victims.
Verbal bullying doesn’t leave physical marks and bruises but it can cause deep and long-term mental scars. Unlike physical bullying, verbal bullying is unstoppable. You can’t anticipate verbal bullying and it’s hard for a victim to handle this verbal abuse.
EFFECTS OF VERBAL BULLYING?
This is common to the victims of verbal bullying. It is a serious medical illness which affects thinking negatively that leads to distress in how you feel and how you act. Most victims experience this when they don’t know what to do. Depression can also lead to extreme sadness which victims have a feeling of being alone. Depression is a very serious problem and threatening to victims but luckily, it is treatable.
Verbal bullying can sometimes cause anxiety to victims. Anxiety is defined as a general term for various disorders that can cause fear, nervousness and other symptoms that involves unsettling experiences. This feeling can really affect the victim on how they feel and how they behave. Unlike depression, anxiety is more on physical effects. The victim experiences worrying or fear when doing something.
Self-esteem is the way you feel about yourself and how you evaluate your worth. People who experience verbal bullying will get signs of low self-esteem. People with low self-esteem are at risk of not pursuing their personal goals in life. They don’t tend to do efforts and they freely accept poor treatments from others.
This is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. This is the worst effect a victim of verbal bullying can ever experience. Suicide has been rampant to the ones who are experiencing bullying. Victims tend to do this when they are out of their mental state. People who are already attempted to suicide can more likely do it again in the future. But with proper actions, anyone can help victims who are experiencing suicidal thoughts get away from it.
It is important that you know how to handle verbal bullying. For victims, they should know how to manage situations when they get bullied. Verbal bullying can cause serious damage to victims but with appropriate actions like counseling, anti-bullying programs, and encouragement videos, anyone can escape further damage caused by this bullying. If you have concerns and complaints regarding verbal bullying in Australian Schools, you can submit it to BullyOut and together let’s stop verbal bullying in Australia.