The relationship between bullying and depression

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The relationship between bullying and depression

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In recent years, we've become much more aware of the risks associated with bullying. It used to be that bullying was kind of rite of passage; now we realize that it's a very serious, traumatic experience. I see adults who remember being bullied as kids and it really did increase their risk of depression. What we find is, both the kids who were bullied and the bullies are at increased risk of depression. So in schools, fortunately, are developing policies to identify kids early who are having issues with bullying; most of the schools have zero tolerance policies. The teachers are much more synthesized, the kids are much more synthesized so I think we are beginning to change how the society deals with bullying. But bullying definitely increases the risk of depression, and it increases the risk of suicide attempts.

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David Fassler, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

David Fassler, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in Burlington, Vermont. A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, he completed his training in adult psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and in child psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as clinical director of Otter Creek Associates, a multidisciplinary practice providing comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Dr. Fassler is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families.

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