Low self-esteem is not recognised as a mental health problem however it is a big issue for many people which affects the way they view themselves. Low self-esteem is about the negative thoughts you believe to be true about yourself.
Negative thoughts, feelings of unworthiness and assuming you are not good enough are all indicative of low self-esteem.
It can stop you doing the things which you would like to do, like taking up a new hobby, looking for a new job and making new friends thus reinforcing the negative thoughts you have about yourself like “I’m not good enough” and “they won’t like me”!
Common causes of low self esteem are:
Low self-esteem can create low self-confidence as the two and the reasons for them are usually very similar if not one of the same. Improving your self-esteem will usually increase your levels of self-confidence significantly.
Counselling and CBT can all help raise levels of self-esteem and self-confidence by identifying negative thought patterns and creating the positive opposite thoughts, then by trying new things will help increase levels of self confidence.
For more information on low self-esteem and how to look after yourself and make positive changes, visit YoungMinds.