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Survey Finds Nearly One-Third of Americans Have Been Bullied as Adults

Adults are being bullied at levels similar to adolescents, according to a recent survey Harris Poll conducted on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association. Those bullied as adults note significant mental and physical impacts as a result, including depression and anxiety, loss of sleep and mental breakdown.

“A clear takeaway from this poll is bullying is not limited to children,” says Charles Sophy, DO, a Los Angeles-based psychiatrist and medical director for the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. “As physicians and as bystanders, we must proactively confront the problem or it will continue to damage the emotional and physical health of our nation.”

See the news release for more information about the survey. 




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​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.