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  • Low Self-Esteem

    A stable, positive feeling about oneself is to be cherished. For many people it is hard to come by, at least for an extended period of time.

    How Would You Describe Your Low Self-Esteem?

    • “For as long as I remember, I have had low-self esteem. I have always felt unhappy.”
    • “I feel good about myself from time-to-time, yet can be plunged into the depths of despair and emotional vulnerability. My low self-esteem can be mild and short-lived – lasting a few hours to a day or two. Sometimes my low self-esteem is very severe and incapacitating, lasting for several weeks to a number of months.”
    • "My feelings about myself are very unstable. At times I feel inadequate, helpless, hopeless and have difficulty getting out of bed and functioning. Other times I am filled with great energy, am immensely productive, and may come across as abrasive or aggressive to loved ones and colleagues.”

    What Life Events Predispose A Person To Developing Low Self-Esteem?

    • Being Raised By A Critical Or Unempathic Parent
      • A parent who is excessively critical and demanding, and who lacks compassion and empathy can predispose the child to feel “not good enough,” even unlovable.
    • Sibling Rivalry
      • A sibling who is perceived as favored, or more talented and capable, can cause one to feel demoralized and stir up feelings of competitive envy and jealousy. The child may feel that no matter how hard they try, they simply can’t compete. This can undermine the development of self-confidence.
    • Suffering From ADHD or Other Disability
      • A disability such as ADHD may undermine the feeling of positive self worth. Chronic feelings of frustration and humiliation develop as a result of the struggle to absorb, retain, and effectively work with information presented in class or through reading and homework assignments. Increased conflicts at home may occur due to what is perceived as “not listening” to parents; along with messiness and procrastination. Because fellow students seem to “get it” faster and better, and the child with ADHD frequently misses important social cues, feelings of low self regard can intensify all the more.
    • Parental Divorce, Death or Abuse
      • Parental divorce or death, and various forms of abuse, can destroy the “protective envelope” of childhood. These events constitute losses of one form or another, which breach a child’s sense of stability and security, disrupt and disturb feelings of trust, and may lead to feelings of guilt and self-blame. Since the child is helpless to prevent these losses or abuses, they serve to undermine or erode the development of positive self regard.
    • Social Factors
      • Personally going through divorce, death of a child or spouse, severe setbacks in ones career, economic reversals, or having a child with a physical or mental illness can all contribute to feelings of despair and hopelessness.
    • Existential Factors
      • At significant transition points in an individual’s life, one may experience an “existential crisis.” An identity crisis in the adolescent or young adult, failure at achieving intimacy and commitment in early adulthood, a career that lacks a sense of accomplishment and social value in middle adulthood, or despair in late life when reminiscence brings regret and a sense of failure.

    Is There Any Treatment For Low Self-Esteem?

    Psychotherapy (with or without medication) can restore positive feelings of self-esteem and self worth, or in some instances enable the patient to experience healthy self-regard for the first time in their entire life. At Potomac Psychiatry, our doctors are trained to help patients achieve stable, positive feelings of self-regard.

    What Are The Benefits of Seeking Treatment?

    • Having the ability to enter into a committed relationship and feel safe
    • Being able to look at yourself in the mirror and like what you see
    • Having hopeful feelings about the future
    • An end to comparing yourself to others, and coming up short
    • Leaving behind self-sabotaging behaviors
    • No longer being your own harshest critic

    We Look Forward to Helping You

    Contact us to discuss your needs or to schedule an appointment.

    Our offices are conveniently accessible from the following communities:

    Maryland (MD):
    Bethesda 20814 - Bethesda 20816 - Bethesda 20817 - Chevy Chase 20815 - Colesville 20904 - Cabin John 20815 - Glen Echo 20812 - Gaithersburg 20855 - Gaithersburg 20877- Gaithersburg 20878 - Gaithersburg 20879 - Garrett Park 20896 - Kensington 20895 - Montgomery Village 20886 - Olney 20830 - Olney 20832 - Potomac 20854 - Potomac 20859 - Rockville 20850 - Rockville 20852 - Rockville 20853 - Silver Spring 20903 - Silver Spring 20905 - Silver Spring 20906 - Silver Spring 20910 - Takoma Park 20912 - Wheaton 20902

    Washington DC:
    Crestwood 20011- North Capitol Hill 20002 - Cathedral Heights 20016 - American University Park 20016 - Columbia Heights 20010 - Mount Pleasant 20010 - Downtown 20036 - Dupont Circle 20009 - Logan Circle 20005- Adams Morgan 20009 - Chevy Chase 20015 - Georgetown 20007 - Cleveland Park 20008 - Foggy Bottom 20037 - Rock Creek Park - Woodley Park 20008 - Tenleytown 20016

    Northern Virginia:
    McLean 22101- McLean 22102 - McLean 22106 - Great Falls 22066 - Arlington 22201 - Arlington 22202 - Arlington 22203 - Arlington 22205 - Falls Church 22041 - Vienna 22181 - Alexandria 22314