Countless and numerous times, innumerable and uncountable advocacies, myriad and multitudinous victims and perpetrators after, still bullying exists. It would still continue to affect the victims, even though, on the positive notice we have gone far battling it. But, the victims may have not yet move on from the experience. In terms of long term bullying or even short terms, it has a lot of effects—mostly bad—to the helpless people experiencing it. The effects of bullying are depression and anxiety, decreased in academic achievements and more likely, out of school youth.
One of the leading effects of bullying is depression and anxiety. Bullied feels like s/he is alone. Hence, resulting into deep sadness and loneliness. These effects could lead to more serious damages like abnormal changes in sleeping patterns, eating patterns and/or worse, anorexia. Physically, they loss interest in doing some of the activities they love doing back then. Which, can be observed until even early adulthood if bullying was done during youth. This can furthermore affect their productivity since most of the victims get low self-esteem and lack self-confidence. “The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students include physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation” (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016).
In regards with that, they experience decreased in their academic performances. Studies shows that the victims would not function that much since their perpetrators are in school and the bullying was more likely than not made inside the school, campus or classrooms, they lack interest of going. If ever they might go, their full focus is not within the lessons and the requirements. In addition to this, based in the fact aforementioned by the NCES, the reasons why students are bullied in school is because of what they look like. Clearly, the target is their self-esteem. With a student’s self-esteem at low, and together battling depression and anxiety, they more likely to really would not excel in terms of their academics. These cause low to failing grades.
With failing grades, the victim, worse, might get dropped out or kicked out due to incompetence. Since they think they are beyond repair and everything was shattered and messy, they just accept their fate. They become out of school youth and just be contented to being at home. Who can blame them if they don’t want to go to school—the place where they were physically and/or verbally and/or mentally and/or emotionally abused by a bully? They got anxious with almost everything. They felt like the world is right in front of them, falling. Adding to the fact that, this can trigger depression. Worse, suicide.