As many as one in three children experience bullying in school.

When we were young there always seemed to be one particular kid in the playground or park who thought they were in charge, mainly because they were bigger or stronger. You remember them. They would use their size to take your possessions, a balloon; a model plane; a baseball cap; your bicycle. They took away the fun of smaller, weaker kids. They made everyone a little afraid. They even stopped kids from going back to the playground for awhile until they thought it was safe to return.

Bullies Never Go Away

But bullies never seem to go away. They challenge people every chance they get. They are bad for your mental and physical well-being. Bullies are another type of controller. Controlling people are the people you work with or go to school with that like to push your buttons. They can easily make you angry, sad, depressed or even trigger your PTSD symptoms, causing your anxiety to go off the charts.

Online Bullying

In recent years, online bullying has seen a dramatic upturn. Mean-spirited friends and even total strangers can leave hurtful remarks on your social media accounts. Confronting them or ignoring them seems to be a no-win solution. Perhaps the best you can accomplish is blocking and reporting these people.

Not So Easy to Avoid

Relationships with people like this serve no good purpose and it would be in your best interest to avoid them. Unfortunately, some of these people are family members or relatives that are difficult to avoid. You may have a boss or supervisor, even a teacher that just enjoys browbeating you, or ridiculing you in front of your co-workers or friends. These are also difficult to avoid. 

Old-Time Social Distancing

Try to distance yourself from these people as best as you can. Try to change your work assignments or work different hours, or even change classes to avoid these controlling people.

This report is not a diagnosis. We hope this information can guide you toward improving your life.

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