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Psychological effects of bullying can last years: Study

Published on Feb 22, 2013 8:37 AM

(REUTERS) - Children who were bullied and those who were bullies themselves are both at higher risk for depression, anxiety and panic disorder years later, according to a United States (US) study.

Researchers had known that bullying can take a psychological toll on both bullies and victims, but it had been unclear just how long those effects would last.

But the latest study, published in Jama Psychiatry, found that depression and anxiety tied to bullying at school persisted at least through people's mid-20s. The worst off were those who had been both bullies and the targets of bullying.

"It's obviously very well established how problematic bullying is short-term," said Dr William Copeland, a clinical psychologist who led the new study at Duke University Medical Centre in Durham, North Carolina.

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