Your health: Anxiety and depression caused by childhood bullying decline over time
Some good news and bad news about how bullying affects children. British researchers followed more than 11,000 children from middle school into early high school. Those who were bullied had a higher risk of mental health issues like anxiety, depression and paranoid thoughts. But over time, most of these symptoms faded or disappeared completely. Experts say bullying is definitely harmful, but most children are resilient.