Low Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem can be defined as a lack of faith or confidence in one’s abilities and competence. While self-confidence can fuel success, low self-esteem can hinder it.

Mental Disorder?

Is low self-confidence considered a mental illness? Low self-esteem in and of itself isn’t a mental disorder but it can point to other underlying conditions such as anxiety, depression, Biplolar Disorder and Personality Disorders. 


Low self-esteem often begins early in life. It is caused by a variety of stressful events such as divorce or separation, abuse, unsupportive or over-supportive or preoccupied parents, moving to a new home or city away from old friends, attending a new school, bullying, or doing poorly in school. Even the loss of a close relative can have a negative effect on self-esteem. 

Antisocial Problems

When our self-esteem is low, we can see ourselves and our life negatively and we are less able to cope with the challenges life throws at us. Some individuals try to hide from social activities or stop trying new things, which may reinforce doubts and fears. You can begin to see a spiral into depression, anxiety and antisocial problems.

Write it All Down

To boost your self-esteem begin by identifying the negative beliefs you have about yourself. Write them down on paper or in a diary or journal. Also write down all of the positive things about yourself, what you are good at, and what others say about you. Make a habit of writing down five positive things every day or so and keep your notes or diary in plain view as a reminder.

Avoid Negative People

Try to build relationships with people who are positive, and avoid people and situations that bring you down. Learn to be assertive and know that it’s ok to say no instead of agreeing with everything. It won’t be long before your low self-esteem is gone.

This report is not a diagnosis. We hope this information can guide you toward improving your life.

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