Low self-esteem is a common concern for many people, and it can impact several aspects of life. Although not a formal diagnosis, low self-esteem is an associated feature of anxiety and depression. Low self-esteem can impact school performance, work tasks, social relations, and make it difficult to pursue romantic relationships. Low self-esteem can lead to social isolation, lack of motivation, and receiving little joy out of activities.
As common as low self-esteem might be, many people don’t realize it when their self-esteem is unusually low. Low self-esteem can be sometimes described or experienced as lacking self-confidence. Many people with low self-esteem worry about what people will think about them, often worried that they won’t be liked. This can lead some people with low self-esteem to be passive in interactions with others and to have difficulty with assertiveness. People with low self-esteem often report having a lack of zeal for life or feeling “bummed out,” while others might worry that they won’t be able to do a job or task well enough at work
Many of the treatment approached used for depression and anxiety can help address low self-esteem. These included developing an understanding for the cause of the low self-esteem, validating those experiences, and working toward changing your perspective about yourself. Therapy can explore the messages that you have heard about yourself from others, as well as your own beliefs about yourself. Therapy can also help you develop techniques to affirm yourself and improve your thoughts about yourself.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational and informative purposes only. It is not intended to be used to help diagnose or treat mental health, and does not establish a professional relationship. Only a qualified mental health professional can render a diagnosis and provide adequate treatment for mental health.