Munich Shooter Struggled with the Effects of Bullying and Depression

Munich Shooter Struggled with the Effects of Bullying and Depression

effects of bullyingThe Washington Post recently reported that it looks like the 18-year-old Munich shooter that killed 9 people was an isolated and depressed teen who had experienced bullying. Investigators also say he had issues with panic attacks when thrown into social situations and was obsessed with “killer” video games. Unfortunately, this tragic event can be used as yet another example of the possible fallout and effects of bullying on struggling teens.

Working to prevent future events

Though investigators still don’t know the shooter’s full story, it’s clear he struggled with mental health issues–some may be linked to the effects of bullying. This event can be used as a moment to bring attention to the much needed issue of bullying in and out of school.

We’re not sure if bullying directly motivated the attack, but it couldn’t have helped. The shooter seemed to have targeted younger kids closer to his age than adults, leading investigators to believe that’s possibly where his anger and motivation laid.

The effects of bullying can be detrimental to a youth’s future. Bullying has the power to make mental health issues even worse if left ignored. It also has the ability to trigger mental health issues, like anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, low self-esteem, and mood disorders.

What are the effects of bullying?

There are many effects of bullying. Some of them more extreme than others, but all of them possible. Bullying tends to happen at an extremely important and vulnerable time in our lives: adolescence. During this time, we’re shaping who we are, making it important to recognize and treat any issues that arise. According to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the effects of bullying can include:

  • Depression, anxiety, intense sadness or loneliness, issues with eating and sleeping, and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • A drop in academic performance and participation
  • Higher likeliness to skip or drop out of school
  • Increased chance of violent behavior–12 of the 15 school shooters from the 90s had been bullied

Yes, these are extreme cases, but not impossible. Many children experience the effects of bullying, meaning it’s important to watch out and communicate with your child about bullying.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a mental health hospital for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis.

For more information about how ViewPoint Center treats the effects of bullying, contact us today at 801-825-5222!


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