Dr Anandhi Narasimhan talks to about bullying, both in perpetrators and victims, and what happens on the long term to Bullying victims. She raises awareness about prevention on an individual basis with children, families, schools and society as a whole.

Dr.Anandhi Narasimhan, M.D. is a Board Certified Physician accredited by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology specializing in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Narasimhan completed her adult psychiatry residency training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at University of California Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

The interview starts with these questions:
Dr. Anandhi: My name is doctor (Anandhi Narasimhan). I am an adult and child physiatrist and I practice in Los Angeles, California, United states. I have a lot of interest in bullying, both in perpetrators and victims, and what happens on the long term. More than that, I even have a lot of interest in prevention on an individual basis with children, families, schools but on a larger basis raising awareness because it really is a societal issue. Everybody needs to be aware of it. Everyone needs to know how to watch out for it, warning signs of it and to know how to intervene because it is everyone’s responsibility.

Ciaran Connolly: Very good! Do you think bullying has increased in recent years or is it something that is static and we just haven’t got to the real cause and fixed it?

A: Well, you know, it is not a new problem. There has been research dating far back that there has been reports of bullying. There has even been reports of some children and teenagers committing suicide and there has been a correlation with them having been bullied before. So, we have got data from past years or in the past that shows us it’s not a new problem, but I think now that there is more awareness. There are several more studies that have come out and there are surveys that have been done in high schools and middle schools and talking to children and finding out how many of them are being either a victim or they’ve bullied themselves or both; they have been a victim and participated in bullying. So, it is not a new problem for sure.

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Cyberbullying and Technology

C: And have you seen a change in how bullies are actually carrying out their victimization in recent years? I guess we have a lot of new technology. Things are changing.

A: Absolutely. The technological forms definitely give more of a platform for different types of bullying like texting. People still use the phone, but texting and internet and all these social networking sites that people can go on and post things on for everyone else to read. So, I’ve definitely seen more of that even among my patient population and the children and families that I treat. There has definitely been a rise in cyberbullying and what happens online and with cellphones and text messages.

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