The Invisible Handicap

Building self-esteem is an oft-stated goal in psychotherapy. It’s a basic clinical concept that self-esteem is central to good mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

When mental disorders or life traumas do strike, self-dislike degrades healing, performance, and overall health. Such mental state produces internal resistance, relapse, and blockages to therapy and recovery.

A damaged self-esteem or self-dislike is well recognized in psychological literature and clinical practice to be responsible for producing or contributing to:

*  Depression
*  Anxiety
*  Stress symptoms
*  Psychosomatic illness, like headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and digestive tract upset
*  Hostility, excessive or deep-seated anger, dislike and distrust of others, competitiveness
*  Spouse and child abuse
*  Infidelity
*  Promiscuity
*  Entering into abusive/unhappy relationships
*  Alcohol and drug abuse
*  Sex, porn addiction
*  Eating disorders and unhealthy dieting
*  Poor communication (e.g. non-assertive, aggressive, defensive, critical, sarcastic)
*  Dependency
*  Sensitivity to criticism
*  Tendency to put on a false front to impress others
*  Social difficulties – withdrawal, isolation, loneliness
*  Poor performance, laziness, inactivity
*  Preoccupation with problems
*  Status/appearance concerns

Plus … a lot more!

No wonder, a damaged self-esteem or self-dislike is called a big “invisible handicap.”

One thought on “The Invisible Handicap

  1. Hello Dr. Subida! I’m suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for almost a year now and i think i’m developing depression since i got stressed out from work (i still don’t know if if i have other disorders). I want to ask can i still be cured? I’m on prescriptive drugs now. But i still want to get therapy. I have a 15 yr old daughter and i want to seek help. The problem is, it it very expensive to ask help from therapist like you considering that it will require many sessions. Please help me Dr. Subida. Please help me.

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