Teen Bullying Treatment

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Nobody likes a bully. Bullies don’t even like themselves all that much.

In terms of treatment, most people naturally focus on the victims of bullying, and with good reason. Bullying can cause anxiety disorders, depression and even contribute to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in teens. Bullying doesn’t just come from an adolescent’s peers – parents and authority figures can be bullies as well, causing the same harmful effects.

But what about the bully themselves?

Sovereign Health understands the mental health issues bullying disorder both causes and relies on for fuel. Our residential bullying treatment center for adolescents in Rancho San Diego provides patients with a pleasant, safe environment to work on and find solutions for their difficulties.


Bullying is simply a display of dominance over a person the bully perceives as weaker. There’s a host of reasons children become bullies:

  • A lack of attention from parents or other authority figures
  • Having parents who are substance abusers
  • Being the victims of bullying themselves, or believing that bullying offers protection from others
  • Feelings of inadequacy and powerlessness

Bullies lack empathy and are often seriously incapable of thinking through the consequences of their actions. Also, bullying isn’t always physical – verbal bullying, which tears down the victim’s sense of self, can be every bit as devastating as a punch to the face. Emotional bullying, an attempt to make the victim isolated from others, can be dangerous, as it easily creates depression and suicidal thoughts. Finally, cyberbullying – which uses social media, instant messaging and other tools to constantly harass victims – is an emerging form of bullying with devastating emotional effects.

And it’s not just hyperbole to describe bullying’s effects as “devastating.” According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s StopBullying.gov site, victims of bullying experience depression, anxiety, loneliness and feelings of sadness. These effects often last into adulthood. Additionally, bullying makes its victims afraid to go to school, resulting in lowered GPA performance, creating social phobias and decreasing participation in school activities.

Symptoms of Bullying

Symptoms of bullying disorder can include:

  • For victims:
    • Signs of depression, sadness and loneliness
    • Increased anxiety
    • Poor school performance
    • Difficulty sleeping and nightmares
  • For bullies:
    • Abuse of alcohol and other drugs
    • Early sexual experimentation
    • Anxiety and depression
    • A lack of empathy
    • Problems with socialization

Red Flags of Bullying

  • For victims:
    • Unexplainable injuries
    • Lost or destroyed personal items and clothing
    • Frequent attempts to fake illnesses
    • A desire to not go to school
    • Self-destructive behaviors up to and including suicide attempts
    • Anxiety and depression
  • For bullies:
    • Get into frequent physical confrontations
    • Increased aggression
    • Get sent to detention or the authorities’ office frequently
    • Have friends who engage in bullying

Getting Help for Bullying

Bullying is a serious social problem for victim and perpetrator alike. The victim walks away with severe mental and physical issues; the bully faces an increased risk of engaging in substance abuse, early sexual experimentation and run-ins with law enforcement. Bullying disorder treatment for adolescents who bully is critical. Not only can they cause terrible harm to their peers, but a bully can easily develop a criminal record. The program at our Rancho San Diego bullying treatment center addresses the multitude of issues bullying creates.

Sovereign Health treats all of our patients, young and old alike, as individuals. It’s not enough to simply address the physical symptoms of mental illness; Sovereign thoroughly works with all of our patients to find – and heal – any and all underlying problems that may be driving a patient’s challenges.

Our facility in Rancho San Diego is a comfortable and secure residential treatment center located in a quiet valley east of San Diego. Patients can work on their problems without distractions in a pleasant, summer camp-like environment. We make use of effective, proven treatment tools, including psychotherapy, which fundamentally change how our patients look at themselves, their world and their challenges. They get the tools to learn new ways of facing their problems and moving past them into a successful, more fulfilling life.

Our young patients can also participate in alternative therapies such as yoga, art and equine therapy. We offer hiking excursions around the surrounding valley, and our facility also features a swimming pool. Rancho San Diego is not a reform school: It’s a welcoming, friendly place that allows troubled teens to find their full potential.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Whether seeking help for a bully or a victim of bullying, Sovereign Health should be your first choice as a care provider:

  • Our facility is safe, secure and devoted to the success of your adolescent regardless of their problems
  • Rancho San Diego is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, America’s oldest and largest health care services accreditation organization.
  • Our personalized approach to treatment helps every patient find their way into a happier, healthier life

Healing can start now. Please call our 24/7 helpline for more information about our bullying treatment center.

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