Self-esteem is about how we view ourselves and what we think about ourselves. Having a low self-esteem may mean that we judge ourselves harshly and view ourselves negatively, or perhaps don’t value ourselves much as a person. Someone with low self-esteem may criticise themselves frequently, put themselves down and may have a hard time seeing anything positive about themselves. People with low self-esteem may also feel depressed, anxious or angry.
Having low self-esteem can impact on how we function at school, work, socially or our role within our family or relationships. Treatment for low self-esteem may include exploring and identifying the reasons behind low self-esteem, what is maintaining it with the goal to manage it and develop a more balanced view of yourself.
If you think you are suffering from low self-esteem or find that a low self-esteem is impacting on any part of your life, please seek support as soon as possible.