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Clay’s comic rings all kinds of bells.
Speaking from my experience as a bullied depressed suicidal child, I suspect that most bullying starts at home. It did in mine. The bullied child is the scapegoat. His or her self-image is formed practically in the womb (I have my theories about that), or at least in the pre-verbal period. S/he has no words to describe herself apart from what he has been told: **you’re worthless, you’re useless, you can’t ever do anything right, why can’t you be more like your sister/brother** et cetera. S/he’s a sitting duck at school, for all the reasons Clay illustrates here.

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  1. Another from the “sad, but true” files. I’m disheartened that so many of us are testament to the truth of this comic. Of course, the bullying at home can come in many forms, from parental self-abuse or interparental abuse (one or both parents hates him/herself and/or fights with the other parent) and neglect (emotional, physical, etc.), for instance, rather than outright abuse of the child(ren). For me, it has been good to get away from the past, and in the instances that I indulge the past, I tend to fictionalize it. Thanks for the link to “DepCom,” Dr. Schulman.

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