Do you know your low self-esteem can lead to depression? YES, this is true and you may have felt this once in your life. When our self-esteem is low, we’re at greater risk for depression. Self-esteem is also known as self-confidence is what we think about ourselves. Many people have positive as well as negative self-evaluations and this is why some people have very high self-esteem and some people have very low.
If you conclude that self-esteem is essential to enjoying your life I am sure you are thinking in the right way. For enjoying enduring, healthy relationships, self-esteem is essential. Whether it is a relationships or achieving your life goals, your self-esteem plays a vital role.
The following bad habits are dangerous for your self-esteem that makes you feel insecure, ashamed, anxious and hopeless: –
- Negatively compare yourself to others
- Doubt your instincts and decisions
- Regularly find fault with yourself
- Ignoring your needs and wants
- Don’t try new things to avoid failing
- Don’t set boundaries and allow abuse, criticism, or exploitation
- Avoiding interviews and group discussions
- Refusing to forgive yourself
According to one of the best Psychiatrists in Bhopal, Dr. Satyakant Trivedi if you compare yourself with others, many a times you start thinking negative. You start trying becoming a person like he/she is. He says, it is a bad habit because everyone has their own strong and weak points. It’s not necessary that what a person has achieved in his life, you also must. When we compare ourselves to someone else, we are measuring ourselves by an external standard. Feeling “better than” someone is really a means to compensate for underlying shame and low self-esteem.
Dr. Satyakant Trivedi states that lowered self-confidence causes us to fear making mistakes, feel like we will fail what we do and we avoid making goals. Rather than trying anything, we make ourselves wrong for not trying, or we may think that we cannot do that thing.
How to treat low self-esteem / low self-confidence?
Fortunately, we can grow our self-esteem and increase our capacity for thinking positive about ourselves. Visiting a psychiatrist will definitely help you think positive and trust yourself more. Visiting a mental health counselor, will enhance our creativity, ambition, physical and emotional health, loving relationships etc.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (“CBT”) is effective in treating codependency and low self-esteem / low self-confidence. According to Psychiatrist in Bhopal, there are many students in Bhopal who are talented and can do better but lack of self-esteem make them feel worried and they do not become a successful person. There are many researchers on mental health who have found a link between depression and low self-esteem.