My name is Paula, and I was consistently bullied for 7 years, from 6th to 12th grade.
From my classmates (and even from some of my teachers), I faced verbal abuse, physical abuse, racial bullying, learning disability bullying, cyberbullying, and even sexual harassment.
I never understood why people targeted me. I was friendly and never got in trouble with anybody. I didn't even ask to be popular. I didn't need to be loved and accepted, but I did need respect. Instead, I felt dehumanized, like a toy for other people's amusement.
Those seven years have been traumatizing...enough for psychologists and psychiatrists to diagnose me with severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now I'm taking a year off of college to work on myself and feel better, which I believe will be a good investment for my future.
My story isn't actually that rare. I've met a lot of other people who have lived through bullying, but have come out traumatized and needing help.
I hope no other bullied survivor has to go through this. It's frustrating and has kind of thrown me off the plans I had for myself.
That is why I want to give this suggestion to avoid it: the minute you feel depressed from all the bullying, SEEK HELP. Please go to a professional before it develops into something worse. Additionally, please talk to someone in your school's administration for help. Personally, I wish I had gone directly to admin sooner.
Finally, I am trying to raise money for a PTSD service dog that I need. I would love it if you could read my full story, donate, and share! Thank you! http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/bullied-survivor-needs-service-dog/173623
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