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Self-Esteem & Depression

Advice on building self-esteem

Self-Esteem & Depression



Many experts have the belief that poor self-esteem is directly connected to depression. This is due to the various assessments that are completed in mental health establishments. It is often the poor self-esteem that leads a person to withdraw from various types of social situations.

It can also allow them to self destruct various types of relationships. They may not believe that someone so great would actually care about them so they end the relationship. They may continue to push that person away until they decide to leave them. That scenario though tends to just reinforce their belief that they aren’t good enough for anyone.


There is a substantial amount of information out there to indicate that the reason so many adolescents in our society suffer from depression is due to their poor self-esteem. This is why so many health classes in junior high and high school cover self-esteem. They also do various types of activities in order to help students get a better image of themselves. Youths tend to classify themselves by how others see them or how they perceive that others see them.

Many adolescents simply aren’t ready for the transitions that will occur. Even a jump from junior high to high school can affect them. In junior high, they are upperclassman and have their friends around them. When they enter high school though they are the new kid on the block. Many of their old friends are now scattered and they have to struggle to assess their own identity.

Adults can also suffer from poor self-esteem and depression. Yet the fact that most bouts with depression start out in adolescents makes sense. Research on groups of adults with depression has found that when they are feeling negative about themselves is when the depression is at its worst.

Due to the correlation between self-esteem issues and depression, many doctors and mental health professionals now require therapy. They don’t want to just give the individual some medication to take. The combination of medication and therapy really seems to help them to reduce the effects of depression and to improve their self-esteem.

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