Generalized anxiety disorder and self-esteem

People who struggle with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) often find themselves struggling with low self-esteem. They may lack confidence in themselves or think they are worthless. This may be a harmful symptom of GAD with long-term effects. Below is a brief overview of the theory of self-esteem and some thoughts on how to improve your perception of yourself while suffering from GAD.

Self-esteem theory

The theory of self-esteem states that we have evolved to experience social tolerance and avoidance emotionally. In essence, people think that our level of self-esteem depends on the degree of acceptance or rejection we experience in the social world. Our self-esteem develops due to how we perceive others’ reactions to us. Therefore, theoretically, people who have experienced a lot of acceptance will have higher self-esteem, and people who have experienced more rejection will have lower self-esteem.

The problem for most people is that it is difficult for them to accurately interpret the number of acceptances and rejections in their lives, resulting in low self-esteem when people are actually very smart and loved. For people with anxiety problems related to others, this may be magnified.

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See what’s really there

A quick way to change your self-esteem is to actually check the degree of acceptance and rejection you have experienced. Although we tend to focus on negative factors, such as people who are rude to us or avoid us, we usually have more people who care about us, and we can easily ignore these people. Take a closer look at the number of people who care about you in your life and the number of people who ignore you.

Most people will find that more people accept them rather than reject them, which should translate into better feelings and self-esteem. However, if more people are avoiding you, please review the reasons carefully and consider making some personal changes. Especially if you have anxiety, your stress and worries may exhaust others.

Seeking GAD treatment and help can help control your symptoms and improve relationships.

Take action

When it comes to self-esteem, many people just try to avoid loss rather than gain. Therefore, many people with low self-esteem are paralyzed by inaction. Having the courage to expand your business, make new friends, and increase active social engagement can have a huge impact on your self-esteem.

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This can be difficult for people with GAD if they encounter new friends or experience problems when feeling judged. It may be helpful to work with a therapist to achieve this goal.

Focus on the positive

People with low self-esteem tend to blame themselves. Their subconscious thoughts tend to focus on self-frustration and limitations. For people with GAD or other anxiety problems, the situation may be more complicated.

Spend some time in the day to remember the good things about yourself and celebrate your accomplishments and accomplishments.

Writing down beautiful moments and successes allows you to specifically remind you of your ability at the downturn.

If you have GAD and low self-esteem, please consult your therapist. There are many treatment options, including cognitive behavioral therapy and medications, that can help manage low self-esteem and help you reach your full potential.

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