In essence, people with low self-esteem usually have deep-seated, basic, negative beliefs about themselves and the kind of person they are. These beliefs are often taken as facts or truths about their identity. As a result, low self-esteem can have a negative impact on a person and their life.
A person with low self-esteem probably says a lot of negative things about themselves. They might criticize themselves, their actions, and abilities, or joke about themselves in a very negative way. They might put themselves down, doubt themselves, or blame themselves when things go wrong. Often, they might not recognize their positive qualities.
In their personal relationships, people with low self-esteem might become upset or distressed by any criticism or disapproval, bend over backwards to please others, be extremely shy or self-consciousness or even avoid or withdraw from intimacy or social contact. They might also be less likely to stand up for themselves or protect themselves from being bullied, criticised, or abused by their partners or family members.
Can low self-esteem be severe enough to be a disorder?
Low self-esteem can be a problem in itself and be a risk factor for other problems. Sometimes low self-esteem can be a problem in and of itself. It also puts the person at risk for experiencing other problems such as depression, having persistent suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and social phobia.
Low self-esteem is also one of the diagnostic symptoms in depression. (CLICK HERE to read more about depression and whether you may have this disorder)
What are the treatments for self-esteem offered at the R.E.A.D. Clinic?
All treatments at our clinic are based on evidence-based and best practice guidelines for the treatment of psychological disorders and difficulties. Based on these guidelines and your anxiety diagnosis your clinician will advise you as to whether your symptoms are best treated by
- Individual therapy – you will see a therapist in a one-on-one context for an average of around 6-12 sessions.
- Group therapy – you will join a group of individuals with a similar diagnosis for approximately a 10 week program (CLICK HERE for more details on the group program).
- A combination of both individual and group therapy.
How do I get assessed and allocated to the appropriate treatment program for me?
Once you have made an appointment (CLICK HERE to find out more about making an appointment) you will receive an initial assessment with one of our clinicians who will then decide with you on the most appropriate treatment for your symptoms and your personal preference.
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