Bullied at work? Bullied at home? Bullied at university/college?
It is not unusual for people who have experienced being bullied to feel embarrassed or ashamed by what has happened, and therefore want to hide their experiences of it from those around them. There is often tendency for the person to believe that somehow they are to blame, and that being bullied must be an indication that there is something wrong with them. People who are bullied often isolate themselves, but not always, and tend to feel misunderstood and different. The affects of being bullied, such as anxiety and anxiety-related hyper-vigilance (constantly alert to dangers, heightened level of anxiety, exaggerated startle-response), depression, and low self-esteem, often outlast the experience itself, sometimes to the extent that it stays with them for their whole life. Therapy, that includes building up the person's self-esteem and assertiveness skills, can help break the cycle of being bullied.