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Bullying & Adult Mental Health

A study out of Finland has shown that people on both sides of bullying (the bully and his target) are at increased risk for anxiety disorders and antisocial personal disorder later in life. The common belief about bullies among mental health professionals is that people who are bullying are likely to also be bullied at home by parents or siblings, which would also be a common precursor to antisocial personality disorder.

The overall message sent by the researchers is that all people involved in a bullying situation may have later difficulty and should have access to services to help prevent the later problems, and the situation should be seen as a warning sign.

Bullying & Adult Mental Health

Will Meek, PhD

Will Meek PhD is a psychologist in Vancouver, Washington, and writes weekly at his blog: Vancouver Counseling.

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Meek, W. (2018). Bullying & Adult Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 22, 2019, from
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