Bullying, abuse linked to lower quality of life


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A new study by the University of Adelaide has found a link between bullying and a lower quality of life.

The study states that those who have experienced bullying or abuse experience the same quality of life as those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, and heart disease.

People with a past of abuse or bullying often display harmful behaviors such as smoking or binge eating later in life.

60-70% of abuse cases occur during childhood, but the study found that abuse, even at an early age, had lasting effects.

A common link between increased antidepressant use and smoking dependency was also found in people with a past of abuse.

The study included participants of all ages, urban and rural settings and socioeconomic levels living in South Australia.

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