How self-esteem affects anxiety disorder?

Self-esteem is known to play a role in social anxiety disorder (SAD) and general anxiety disorder (GAD). While reduced self-esteem may put you at risk of later social anxiety, having an anxiety disorder can also make you feel inferior about yourself. If you wish to overcome your social anxiety, start by taking a look at how you view yourself. Low self-esteem can create anxiety and loneliness, which only reinforces your negative self-image.

While most people have transient feelings of making errors, they usually bounce back. On the other hand, if you have low self-esteem, how you feel in a particular situation may find out how you feel about yourself overall. Your beliefs about yourself are dependent on the moment—so any mistake can send you spiraling into negativity. In contrast, Using people with healthy self-esteem are able to precisely assess themselves, their strengths, and their weaknesses, and still believe that they are worthwhile people.

If you have low self-esteem, you may wonder how it developed. Or, possibly you have a good idea when you begin to feel this way. Experiences that can result in lowered self-esteem include the following events during childhood and later life:

  • Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • Neglect or being ignored
  • Criticism from parents
  • Ridicule by peers
  • Bullying or teasing 
  • Unrealistic expectations or unfeasibly high standards of others

On the other hand, people who grow up being respected, heard, celebrated, loved, and accepted are less likely to develop a poor self-image. Certainly, many people with challenging upbringings can have good self-esteem, and even those with loving parents and good experiences with peers may develop self-esteem issues. This emphasizes that low self-esteem is not something you have to live with.

Self-esteem is related to anxiety, depression, and academic stress, which considerably affect students’ quality of life and links to suicidal ideation. These results thus suggested the need for a school-based or web-based provision aimed at proactively increasing students’ self-esteem and skills for dealing with academic pressure. The protective nature of self-esteem is mainly evident in studies examining stress and/or physical disease in which self-esteem is shown to safeguard the individual from fear and uncertainty. This is reflected in observations of constantly ill individuals.

To conclude, optimistic self-esteem is associated with mental well-being, adjustment, happiness, success and satisfaction. It is also related with recovery after severe diseases. The development of self-esteem during childhood and adolescence depends on a wide variety of intra-individual and social factors. 

Self-esteem has been explored in a great number of studies conducted in community samples, and results indicate that low self-esteem can increase negative affectivity and anxiety. However, with regards to behavior problems, such as ADHD, results are questionable. To the best of knowledge, virtually no studies have investigated the potential protective role of self-esteem on the development of attention problems and symptoms of anxiety/depression among adolescents in a clinical psychiatric setting. 

The study demonstrates that clinically assessed adolescents with high self-esteem suffer fewer symptoms of anxiety/depression and attention problems over time, indicating that self-esteem acts as a flexibility factor against such symptoms.

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