Children who are bullied are more prone to depression and suicidal tendencies even when they grow up; they’re also more likely to get sick and have headaches and stomach troubles, researchers have discovered, according to The Washington Post.
A new study may have found the underlying cause: A specific indicator of illness, called C-reactive protein (CRP), is higher than normal in bullying victims, even when they get older. In contrast, the bullies, by the same gauge, seem to be healthier.
The researchers focused on CRP because it’s a common, easily tested marker of inflammation, the runaway immune system activity that’s a feature of many chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic pain and depression, explains the study’s lead author, William Copeland, The Washington Post reports.
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