Mental health is important at every stage in our lives: from childhood to old age. It has the capacity to control our behaviour via emotionally, psychologically, and socially. Throughout our lifetime, many factors contribute to our mental health issues. One of these issues is bullying and it can have a long-lasting effect depending on the severity.
The most common types of bullying I have encountered in my life are: physical and social. Both types have emotional devastating effects on my mental health. Physical bullying is the easiest to identify because it is done with little ambiguity or to its intention. It is the most understood form of bullying. However, socially bullying can be difficult to notice because it is almost invisible to detect. From my own experience, social bullying is always initiated by girls to gain social hierarchy and it is always emotionally destructive to my mental health.
Speaking personally, I have dealt with social bullying all my life. It started in my early teenage years, progressively worsen in my 20’s, and now it finally thin out as I’m maturing. I feel less worthy during interaction with people. As a disabled individual, I do not have the courage to speak up for myself due to my niavety. Over the years, the bullying took a toll on my mental health. Isolation, being ostracized, anxiety, depression, and the fear of standing up for myself were the most common symptoms I felt.
The road to recovery was a long painful process. I researched articles on mental health issues. My main priority is accepting myself and being happy on a daily basis. I, slowly, decided to cut ties with anyone or anything that has a negative impact on my life. The more I removed all the negative energy the less weight I have upon my shoulders. My confidence and self-worth returned when I realised I no longer need approval from this negative influence.
In conclusion, bullying and mental health goes hand in hand. It takes years for an individual to fully understand the connection and long term consequences. The symptoms are there, however, it is sometimes overlooked because some cultures consider talking about mental health issues a taboo.