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As part of his Life Coaching summer health clinic for The Hour, consultant psychiatrist Dr Alex Yellowlees offered some advice on coping with bullying.
Dr Alex laid out five basic steps to take in order to effectively deal with bullying:
1) Recognise bullying for what it is
2) Protect yourself from more bullying
3) Confide in someone you can really trust
4) Build your own support network of friends
5) Seek professional help if necessary
The danger with bullying, as Dr Yellowlees explained, is that it can come from a variety of sources, it comes in various forms and it can be extremely damaging to a person's mental health if left unaddressed.
Bullying can come from schoolmates, siblings, parents, bosses or spouses; it can be obvious and aggressive or sneaky and well-hidden and it can come at any time. It is this complex array of factors that can sometimes make it difficult to recognise bullying, but it is absolutely essential that it is identified and dealt with.
Dr Yellowlees explains: "bullying is unfortunately part of life and most of us will experience it at one time or another in the course of our lives. It can happen to any of us and sometimes when we least expect it and are unprepared to deal with it. So don't be surprised when it happens - but do deal with it."
If you suspect you are a victim of bullying, don't suffer in silence, follow Dr Yellowlees' steps to cope with the problem and seek professional help if necessary.
Dr Alex Yellowlees is the Medical Director of the Priory Hospital, an independent acute psychiatric hospital in Glasgow that specialises in treating mental health issues. The Priory offer treatment on a range of issues from drug addiction to self-confidence.