Is low self esteem the root of your anxiety or depression?

The purpose of this blog is to inform you, the reader, about in which ways low self esteem may be impacting without you realising.

In the course of my career I have treated a number of individuals with depressive and anxious episodes, and in each client I have noted a running theme: low self esteem.

You may be wondering how can low self esteem be the root of your depressive or anxious thoughts and feelings? In a nut shell, low self esteem causes an inability to see your worth (causing depression) and facilitates an underestimation of your ability to cope in situations (causing anxiety). 

Research suggests that anxiety and depression are the cornerstone of low self esteem. This is based on your early life experiences when people are developing a perspective of how they fit into the world: whether they are adequate, loveable, worthy, and/ or competent. If their view of themselves is negative, they go through life depressed, anxious or maybe both. These feelings are extreme and permeates everything in the person’s life including the ability to make sound decisions without second guessing themselves, the ability to maintain ambition, the ability to bounce back after disappointments, and the list goes on.

How can CBT help?

 If you think of all your doubts, worries and insecurities about yourself in the form of glasses, and how you look at a situation, through these ‘low self esteem glasses’, represents your experience of a situation, not a situation that is actually happening. CBT enables you to begin seeing the world and situations without these ‘glasses’, which enables you to begin to see yourself, others and the world around you in a more self compassionate light.

You’re maybe thinking, I don’t know if I have low self esteem? If this is so, consider the last time you perhaps made a mistake, how did you speak to yourself? What did you tell yourself? What tone did you use? What did you say? Often the words we say we wouldn’t say to our worst enemies, but berate ourselves with. Be careful how you speak to yourself, because you are listening.


 For more information how CBT can help your self esteem, visit www.jessicaleighcbt.com and request a call back today.

Thank you for reading.

Jessica Leigh