The Dangers and Repercussions of Low Self-Esteem

Written by Karl Perera BA, MA, DipLC
September 25th, 2018 | Updated: March 24th, 2020

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It is normal to experience low self-esteem from time to time. For example, our self-esteem may take a hit if someone makes a rude comment to us. However, it is not normal to feel low self-esteem all of the time. This can wreak havoc on your mental and physical well-being.

More Likely to Develop Anxiety and Depression

Low self-esteem can cause you to constantly feel like you are not good enough. Dwelling on negative thoughts can cause you to develop anxiety and depression. Living with anxiety and depression can make your self-esteem worse.

More Likely to Drug and Alcohol Addiction

There is a direct link between low self-esteem and addiction. You may turn to the addicting substances to make you feel better about yourself. However, this good feeling will go away once the drugs and alcohol wear off. Seeking drug treatment center options may be the only solution once an addiction problem develops.

More Likely to Develop Other Unhealthy Habits

If you are unhappy with the way that you look, then you may go to the extreme to change it. Low self-esteem is one of the possible causes of an eating disorder . You may develop anorexia or bulimia. Anorexia is a condition where a person severely restricts their food intake in order to avoid weight gain. They may also throw up or take diet pills to lose weight.

Bulimia is a condition where a person eats large amounts of food and then vomits, fasts or takes diet pills to get rid of what they have eaten. Additionally, you may also spend hours of your day at the gym and exercise excessively. This can lead to fatigue, injury, and poor health.

Withdrawal From Family Members and Friends

If you do not feel good about yourself, then you may not want to be around other people. You may even withdraw from your family members and friends. You may also find yourself losing interest in the hobbies that you once enjoyed. Additionally, you may find yourself getting angry with people easily.

How to Improve Your Self-Esteem

Avoid Negative Self Talk

You should resist the urge to talk negatively about yourself. Do not spend a lot of time obsessing over things that you do not like about yourself. Spend your time dwelling on all of your positive attributes rather than engaging in self hate.

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