If people are laughing at you, making fun of you, and acting as if you're worthless, they're treating you with derision. Derision is mean and attacking — it's a form of contempt.

Derision is more than just making fun of someone — it's mocking someone so forcefully and with such venom that you discredit the person completely. Derision can include literally laughing at someone or just treating a person like a joke. You know how celebrities and politicians do embarrassing things from time to time? They're usually treated with derision afterward: people mock them, treat them with contempt, and try to make the person who messed up seem completely worthless.

Definitions of derision
  1. noun
    the act of deriding or treating with contempt
    synonyms: ridicule
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    the act of mocking or ridiculing
    type of:
    discourtesy, offence, offense, offensive activity
    a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
  2. noun
    contemptuous laughter
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    jeer, jeering, mockery, scoff, scoffing
    showing your contempt by derision
    put-down, squelch, squelcher, takedown
    a crushing remark
    befooling, stultification
    derision of someone or something as foolish or absurd or inconsistent
    type of:
    discourtesy, disrespect
    an expression of lack of respect
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