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When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

When Teens Cyberbully Themselves
April 21, 2018 Elijah James Logan

During the stressful teen years, most adolescents experience emotional highs and lows; but for approximately 24 percent of teenagers, their worries and sad feelings turn into something more serious, like anxiety or depression. Studies show that 13 to 18 percent of distressed teens physically injure themselves via cutting, burning, or other forms of self-harm as a way to cope with their pain. Recent research and clinical psychologists now suggest that some adolescents are engaging in a newer form of self-aggression — digital self-harm . They’re anonymously posting mean and derogatory comments about themselves on social media. Child psychologist Sheryl Gonzalez-Ziegler , of Denver, Colo., says it’s a growing problem among teens she counsels. One recent client, an adolescent girl, told Gonzalez-Ziegler she anonymously cyberbullied herself because, as a gay teen, she felt vulnerable and exposed. “She set up ghost accounts on Instagram and posted mean comments about herself, saying things

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