As a therapist, one of the most common complaints I hear from clients is about low self-esteem. Being a woman who has struggled with her weight for years because of an unfortunate medical diagnosis, I know personally the struggles that many women experience when looking in the mirror. Although there are men out there who also struggle […]
In today’s society, self-esteem is perhaps more elusive than ever. All day long we are bombarded with images of what we should look like, drive, wear, etc. Women and men feel extreme pressure to live up to the standard of Hollywood’s idols—movie stars who have unlimited access to trainers, chefs and yes, plastic surgery.
If you are depressed, anxious, addicted to drugs or alcohol, in a domestic violence relationship or suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, you may have low self-esteem. In fact, low self-esteem plays a role in many mental health disorders. However, you can have low self-esteem without having a specific disorder.
Dependent. Co-dependent. Afraid to be alone. Passive. I have been all of these things at some point in my life, though less and less so as the years go by. As my mom likes to say, my “emotional batting average” continues to improve.
Dependent. Co-dependent. Afraid to be alone. Passive. These are just some of the ways society describes individuals struggling with the issue of dependency. Most people trying to overcome dependency do not have Dependent Personality Disorder; however, they may have some symptoms thereof.
I once heard someone say that an addiction is anything—good or bad—you find appealing and really want to do, but the more you do it the less satisfied you feel. This is a very general definition of addiction, but it makes sense to me. Another simple definition of addiction is something that controls you instead […]
If you followed a trail of the majority of your time, money and energy, at the end you would find what is most important to you in life. What we find at the end of this trail can be good or bad. Sometimes it is something bad disguised as something good. And sometimes what we […]