Wallington, Surrey (PRWEB UK) 24 February 2013
Bullied children grow into adults who are at increased risk of developing anxiety disorders, depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry on 20th Feb, 2013.
The findings, based on more than 20 years of data from a large group of participants initially enrolled as adolescents, are the most definitive to date in establishing the long-term psychological effects of bullying.
The study shows that the common perception that bullying, while hurtful at the time, has no long lasting effects, is in fact not the case.
"We were surprised at how profoundly bullying affects a person's long-term functioning," said William E. Copeland, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University and lead author of the study.
In response to this, The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy has released a case study detailing the use of hypnotherapy for anxiety as a way to deal with the ramifications of bullying.
The client, Simon, was a 23 year old computer technician, and appeared very friendly, although a little withdrawn. He felt very safe in his work as he didn’t need to interact with many people, and therefore felt safe working alone. Simon was now faced with new responsibilities, and this filled him with dread.
Simon explained that the anxiety would get so bad that he would retch or even be physically sick. This had caused embarrassment in the past, only adding to his anxious feelings.
Paul Howard, anxiety specialist at The Surrey Institute, said, “This is very common; probably 30 to 40% of my anxiety clients have been subject to bullying of some description in childhood. It is, in my belief, a significant cause in many cases of anxiety and can be resolved fairly easily.”
The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy continues to raise awareness of the beneficial effects that hypnotherapy can have on anxiety and other inappropriate behaviours, like gambling, drug and alcohol usage.
Paul Howard has been practising hypnotherapy at the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy in Wallington, Surrey for over 10 years. He specialises in anxiety and psoriasis and is an accredited member and Marketing Director for the National Council for Hypnotherapy and adheres to their Codes of Conduct.