Being a victim of childhood bullying alters the structure which surrounds a gene that controls mood, which in turn, makes victims more susceptible to developing mental health issues as they grow older.
The finding was published in the journal Psychological Medicine and came from Isabelle Ouellet-Morin, a scientist at the Center for Studies on Human Stress (CSHS) at the Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine and professor at the Université de Montréal.
Bullying is a serious problem that can affect all people, not just children. A recent study from BMJ showed that adult victims of bullying at work, or even just witnesses of bullying, are more likely to be prescribed antidepressants, tranquilizers or sleeping pills.
Previous research has also observed the long-term effects of bullying, such as behavioral problems, alcohol use, smoking, eating disorders, and mental health issues.
The current study was set out to closely examine the mechanisms that explain how people’s responses to stressful situations become altered due to tough events they experienced.
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Source: Medical News Today
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