Long-term bullying can cloud your thinking, says adolescent psychotherapist

CREATED Oct 1, 2012

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GREENDALE- A 17-year-old Greendale High School student accused of making a bomb threat against the school over homecoming weekend claims he is a bullying victim.

According to the criminal complaint, students at Greendale High School voted him onto the Homecoming Court as a joke.  The student's threat coincided with homecoming.

"I don't think there is a usual way on how to act out when you are dealing with bullying," said adolescent psychotherapist Mike Zussman to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure."

"Long-term bullying can have a lot of negative effects, especially on your mental health."

Zussman says those effects could result in: Anxiety, an increase in depression and a tendency to cloud your thinking.

"Typically what you want to look for is if your child is acting differently," said Zussman.  "(Look for) loss of sleep, loss of appetite, if your child wants to avoid school..."

Zussman recommends having a talk with your child or teen if you recognize those signs.

"It's not an easy conversation...no one wants to do it, but we know when it's done and kids do have that conversation, they are better off in the long run."

The 17-year-old student from Greendale H.S. has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly making the bomb threat.