Stress, Depression and Low Self Esteem are often, but not always linked. Although having different symptoms and underlying causes treatment often shares some common elements.
Stress permeates all aspects of our lives and all aspects of our thinking, feeling and behaviour. It can be present in all situations that are important to us, at work, with the people we love, and at play, if we have time for such a thing.
So learning to recognise and understand it, and knowing something, about how best to cope with it, could make a huge difference to the quality of our lives.
Stress can take many forms and affect people in various ways. Below are just some of these:
Mild – has a negative effect on your daily life – difficulty concentrating and motivating yourself.
Moderate- more symptoms present than in mild and usually more obvious, may be a clear reduction in functioning at home or in the workplace.
Severe – often known as clinical/major depression – significantly interferes with a person’s ability to cope with daily life and function – some people can experience one episode or several – can lead to psychosis and hospitalisation – high risk of suicide.
There is no one cause of depression, it can be:
Depression is most common amongst people aged 25-44 years, but people both younger and older than this can also suffer from it.
At the heart of self-esteem lie your central belief about yourself and your core ideas about the kind of person you are. These beliefs normally have the appearance of statements of fact (‘I am...’).
They look like straightforward reflections on your identity, pure statements of truth about yourself. Actually, however, they are more likely to be opinions than facts – summary statements or conclusions you have come to about yourself, based on the experiences you have had in your life, and in particular the messages you have received about the kind of person you are.
So, to put it simply, if your experiences have generally been positive, your beliefs about yourself will probably be broadly positive, too.
If your experiences have been pretty mixed (as most peoples are), then you my have a range of different ideas about yourself, and apply them flexibly according to the circumstances in which you find yourself.
However, if your experiences have generally been negative, then your beliefs about yourself are likely to be equally negative.
Negative beliefs about yourself are the essence of low self-esteem. And this essence may have coloured and contaminated many aspects of your life.
Although the treatment for stress, depression and low self-esteem can be very different there are some common things you can do that may help you start to feel better. These include:
The above suggestions will work for many people who are motivated to change, they are very general prescriptions though. There are specific tools and techniques you can use for you disorder. Try reading around some of the posts on this site (for example see post on Low Self Esteem and Depression and Stress Management). For more detailed information on depression see this page)
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