Children who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder are three times more likely than other children to be bullied, said University of Florida researchers. The study also said that bullying can make OCD symptoms more profound.
As bullying magnifies genetic and environmental predisposing risk factors, bullied children often spend their adulthoods casting themselves in similar roles, further perpetuating the cycle.
Bullies relay messages to already-sensitive obsessive-compulsive children that they are inherently flawed. Repetitive unwanted thoughts, a core feature of OCD, magnify these false beliefs. Further, the more that an individual has a thought, the more powerful the thought becomes. For OCD victims, this creates a seemingly endless cycle of worry and anxiety.