FAQs About Bullying

FAQs about Bullying Chapter in my Dear Bully Story

Q: What is the difference between Bullying and Harassment?

A:  The distinction between bullying and harassment is that when the bullying behavior directed at the target is also based on a protected class, that behavior is then defined as harassment. Protected classes include race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, and national origin.

Q: How does peer pressure impact bullying?

A: Peer pressure can impact bullying behavior both in positive and negative ways. For example, the influence can have negative effects if a peer group’s bullying behavior encourages others to laugh at someone. It can also be negative when the group views other individuals as not worthy to be part of their group. The impact of negative peer pressure can create environments in which individuals are intimidated to speak out on behalf of someone being hurt or harmed.

Peer pressure can also be positive and healthy. For example, when the peer group encourages kind and inclusive behavior, such as inviting others to join them at the lunch table or letting someone know that they care what is happening to them. The action of peers encouraging each other to reach out to those who are struggling can have a positive impact on the group and other individuals who want to speak out against bullying.

Q: Can your friend be your bully?

A:  Friends will sometimes have bad days. Friends will sometimes disagree. Friends will sometimes hurt each other’s feelings, have an argument, or simply need time away from one another. This is normal and can happen in any friendship, no matter how close. If you are experiencing treatment from a friend that hurts you and you have asked that friend to stop, but it still continues, then that is not friendship. That behavior could be bullying. Friendship behaviors do not include hurting someone on purpose or continually being mean even when asked to stop. A friend will change or be remorseful for her behavior if she finds out she’s hurting you. If you aren’t certain if what is happening is part of a normal friendship or if it is bullying, talk to an adult you trust and get help sorting out the relationship. And yes, it is okay (and the right thing to do) to ask for help.

Q: How does bullying impact health?

A: Often, the physical impact of bullying (the “sticks and stones”) is easy to recognize, such as a child getting up after being pushed, damaged personal items, or having torn clothing.

However, bullying often impacts our children in ways that aren›t so obvious. While words don’t physically injure, they do still hurt and can cause emotional harm. Verbal and emotional bullying, such as teasing and social exclusion, as well as physical bullying, have the potential to negatively impact a student’s overall health, along with their sense of well-being.

If you have any questions about bullying please visit the website: 

WWW.Bullying411@PACER.org

Cite used for this chapter: 

http://www.Pacer.org

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Favorite Fall Activities

  • Taking beautiful fall photos
  • Binge-Watch Horror movies

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  • Passing out candy on Halloween night
  • Wearing all comfy clothes (even though I do that the whole year anyway)
  • Apple picking
  • Going to Friday night football games for school

World Mental Health Day 2018

October 10, 2018, is the World Mental Health Day and I have decided to write a post to talk about mental health.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Early signs of mental health problems

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

Common Mental Health Disorders

Anxiety disorders

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Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental illness.

Anxiety disorders are the most common types of mental illness.

The individual has a severe fear or anxiety, which is linked to certain objects or situations. Most people with an anxiety disorder will try to avoid exposure to whatever triggers their anxiety.

Examples of anxiety disorders include:

Panic disorder – the person experiences sudden paralyzing terror or a sense of imminent disaster.

Phobias – these may include simple phobias (a disproportionate fear of objects), social phobias (fear of being subject to the judgment of others), and agoraphobia (dread of situations where getting away or breaking free may be difficult). We really do not know how many phobias there are – there could be thousands of types.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – the person has obsessions and compulsions. In other words, constant stressful thoughts (obsessions), and a powerful urge to perform repetitive acts, such as hand washing (compulsion).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – this can occur after somebody has been through a traumatic event – something horrible or frightening that they experienced or witnessed. During this type of event, the person thinks that their life or other people’s lives are in danger. They may feel afraid or feel that they have no control over what is happening.

Mood disorders

These are also known as affective disorders or depressive disorders. Patients with these conditions have significant changes in mood, generally involving either mania (elation) or depression. Examples of mood disorders include:

Major depression – the individual is no longer interested in and does not enjoy activities and events that they previously liked. There are extreme or prolonged periods of sadness.

Bipolar disorder – previously known as manic-depressive illness, or manic depression. The individual switches from episodes of euphoria (mania) to depression (despair).

Persistent depressive disorder – previously known as dysthymia, this is mild chronic (long-term) depression. The patient has similar symptoms to major depression but to a lesser extent.

SAD (seasonal affective disorder) – a type of major depression that is triggered by a lack of daylight. It is most common in countries far from the equator during late autumn, winter, and early spring.

 

If you or someone you know needs help with anything or you are struggling to know if your or your loved one has a mental health problem, Visit this website: Mental Health America

 Call 1-800-273-TALK
         OR
  Text MHA to 741741

 

 

 

6 Things Girls Do When They Can’t Fall Asleep

  • Move positions about a million different times
  • Obsess over everything that may or may not happen the next day
  • Start counting sheep… or anything
  • Start going on your phone for anything at all
  • Text and post all over social media how hard of a time you are having falling asleep
  • Obsess over what sleep you are not getting

Situations All Dog Lovers Will Understand

  • always going to have dog hair all over the couches and floors, and there is no amount of cleaning that will fix it
  • always count on them if you drop food anywhere in the house
  • spend more money on them then we do on ourselves
  • no matter how cute someone else’s dog is, yours is always cuter and better
  • you imagine how they would act and who they would be if they were a human, rather than your pet dog
  • watching your dog love a complete stranger for petting them kind of crushes your soul
  • putting whatever you needed to get down off because your dog fell asleep on your arm or leg
  • you get watched while going to the bathroom

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Comment down below if you have a dog and their name (s)