How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

Although many issues can cause depression, poor self-esteem is often directly related to this powerful psychological disease

A healthy self-esteem is critical for emotional wellness, so people who suffer with a negative self-image are more likely to experience depression and other long-term psychological problems. These issues can lead to substance abuse, poor life choices and even suicide. Understand the importance of a positive self-image, and how to repair a negative one, to lead a happy, productive life.

Understanding Negative Self-Image

A  negative self-image can stem from the following circumstances:

  • Childhood neglect
  • Persistent isolation or loneliness
  • Sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Family break-ups (divorce, separation and etc.)
  • Trauma
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Genetic predisposition/chemical imbalance

Simply put, someone with a poor self-esteem tends to feel unworthy of care, lonely and often hopeless. These feelings often cause people to isolate themselves from others, which may lead to substance abuse or compulsive behaviors (gambling, sex and eating) to feel better. Thus, a negative self-image can contribute to depression, and it can be caused by depression. A destructive emotional loop forms that leads to destructive behavior, which increases depression and worsens self-esteem.

How to Overcome a Negative Self-Image

Overcoming a negative self-esteem and corresponding depression can be challenging, because patients feel unworthy of help and sad about the future. When someone is stuck in such an emotional rut, then inpatient therapeutic treatment may be his best bet for lasting recovery.

The most effective rehab programs use many techniques to interrupt negative emotional loops so patients can establish new ways to perceive their self-worth and their potential for a productive life. In fact, patients often go through the following steps in rehab:

  • A thorough diagnosis of all co-occurring psychological issues
  • Fully integrated treatment for all underlying issues
  • Individual counseling of various types
  • Group meetings for peer education and support
  • Medical treatment when appropriate
  • Creative expression exercises
  • Self-awareness improvement (mindfulness)
  • Opportunities to support and help others in recovery

Inpatient treatment may last from several weeks to several months, but long-term recovery usually requires ongoing care for years or even a lifetime.

Mental Health Help

If you suffer from poor self-esteem or are concerned about a loved one, then please call our toll-free helpline right now. Our admissions coordinators operate a 24 hour, toll-free helpline to answer your questions, offer confidential advice and to connect you with the best treatment programs available. If left untreated, your self-worth and depression issues will only worsen so do not waste another day under the cloud of depression. Our staff are here to help, then call now.

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