I believe bullying can exasperate the severity of mental illness. I know in my case it was very damaging to my mental well-being. Being sensitive and having a kind heart can be seen as a weakness by potential bullies. They find us and then have their way with our already fragile self-esteem. The bullying started in high school from the ages of 14-16 which was when I experienced the worst of it. I have also been a victim of bullying in the work place. It really does scar you. It has made me hyper-vigilant around groups of men. I’m always looking out for potential bullies. It’s like an automatic impulse (Complex PTSD). I’m 35 now and it still affects me to this very day. Sure I have worked on these issues in therapy, but it’s still a struggle.
Has Bullying made your Mental Illness worse?