Bullying is high on the list of traumatic events in the life of a child. In fact, bullying not only impacts the victim but also can have a negative effect on other children who witness the bullying. If your child has been a victim of bullying or has witnessed a bullying event, trauma treatment can help them express their fears and insecurities and learn how to cope with the negative emotions caused by the event.

Uncover repressed thoughts

When a child is bullied, they may withdraw from things they normally enjoy, such as sports or other hobbies. They often avoid being around people and may retreat to their room to be alone. Bullied children often hide their feelings and may say they are fine while experiencing inner turmoil that can lead to major depressive episodes or behavior changes, such as frequent outbursts of anger and crying episodes.

Trauma treatment can help uncover these negative emotions and help a child learn to express their fears in a healthy way. Being able to discuss how they felt when they were bullied can help them release pent-up frustrations and learn healthy ways to cope with their emotions.

Learn how to prevent future bullying

Being aware of red flags that may signal future bullying episodes is an important tool for your child to learn. Some of these tools may include proactive measures for stopping bullying in its tracks, reporting any incidents that make your child feel uncomfortable, and giving your child the courage to stand up to bullies. Being equipped and ready for the moment should it arise will give your child confidence knowing they do not have to tolerate any form of bullying.

Learn stress management techniques

For some children, stress and anxiety may linger long after a bullying incident ends. Learning stress management techniques will help your child take a proactive approach to managing anxious thoughts. Deep breathing exercises, focusing on a specific object, muscle tension and relaxation exercises, healthy nutrition, exercise, and good sleep are all important stress management techniques that can help your child maintain control of anxious emotions.

Bullying is no small matter and should never be taken lightly. Even if your child appears to have handled a series of bullying events well, there can be lasting effects. Having your child evaluated by a trauma treatment counselor can help your child express any concerns they have and get them the help they need to overcome any negative emotions they sustained from a bullying incident.

For more information, contact a trauma treatment program for youths near you.