Low Self-Esteem

Healthy self-esteem is often when one hold value for oneself and is able to experience confidence in work or social activities. There is a feeling that you deserve happiness and act with kindness toward yourself. Low self-esteem is when one is extremely critical of themselves.  With low self-esteem the use of judgement statements such as “you are fat, ugly, or unlovable.”

Causes of low self-esteem may include:

  • victim of bullying
  • emotional abuse
  • physical abuse
  • academic difficulties (learning disabilities)

Signs of low self-esteem may include:

  • may have some eating disorder.
  • depression
  • substance abuse
  • can have physical health problems.
  • feeling hopeless or worthless
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