Learn about the causes of Low Self Esteem & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Low Self Esteem within New Zealand.
Therapies which may benefit Low Self Esteem
Low self-esteem is a feeling of inadequacy and can be caused by stress.
Depression and stress disorders lower confidence and self esteem and
can leave people unable to cope with everyday decisions and situations.
Low self-esteem can lead to further physical and emotional problems.
Causes of low self esteem
Low self-esteem is a disorder caused by the way someone thinks about
themselves. There are many contributory factors to how a person
believes they, and others, view them and these can be triggered by
certain life events.
Low self esteem can be combination of factors which build upon each other and create a vicious cycle.
- rejection (by a parent or partner)
- divorce or separation
- peer pressure
- having an accident
- level of education
- alcohol addiction
- drug addiction
of the most common reasons for low self-esteem is appearance. How
someone perceives other people see them physically can have a major
impact on self-esteem. Body image can be difficult to accept if an
individual feels there is an irregularity in the way they look. Friends
and the media can place unrealistic demands on people to look a certain
way and if someone feels they don't meet those standards then their
Another major factor in self-esteem is criticism. Being overly critical can make a person feel stupid
which in turn leads to low self-esteem.
Symptoms of low self-esteem
Symptoms of low self-esteem can vary depending on the individual and
how low their confidence in themselves has reached. In severe cases,
someone suffering prolonged low self-esteem may begin to develop
symptoms of mental illness such as anxiety and/or depression.
Common signs that someone is experiencing low self-esteem can include:
- Indecisiveness – someone with low self-esteem will struggle to make decisions for themselves and those around them.
- Feelings of shame – people can feel ashamed that they don't look a certain way (body image) or act in a certain way.
– low self-esteem can cause someone to strive for perfection in the
belief it will please other people or make others like them more.
- Inability to handle criticism
– this usually begins with a criticism or comment made by someone else
which triggers feelings of inadequacy. Any further criticism can be
blown out of proportion making a person unable to handle comments or
avoiding others to ensure they are not criticised.
– to protect themselves, someone with low self-esteem will express
their feelings by being pessimistic about certain situations or by
being critical of others.
- Worry about the future
– instead of living in the moment or looking forward to things, someone
with low self-esteem will to try to predict what might happen in the
future and live in fear of something bad occurring.
Diagnosis of low self-esteem
Low self-esteem is not a condition in itself but feelings of inadequacy
can lead to more serious physical and mental health problems such as
bulimia, anorexia, depression, stress and anxiety. In the first
instance you should visit your GP who will ask a series of questions to
assess your condition.
The GP may ask about when the problems
began to see if there are any contributory factors such as abuse,
bereavement or addiction to drink/drugs. They may also assess you for
symptoms of depression, stress or eating disorders.
If necessary, the GP will refer you to a mental health specialist to help you identify the underlying cause of your problem.
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