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Low self-esteem

Also known as Dependent on others, Feeling guilty, Feeling helpless, Having an identity crisis, Feeling insecure, Lacking motivation, Loss of identity, and Have no confidence

Self-esteem is a term used in psychology to reflect a person's overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs (for example, "I am competent," "I am worthy") and emotions such as triumph, despair, pride and shame. Smith and Mackie define it by saying "The self-concept is what we think about the self; self-esteem, is the positive or negative evaluations of the self, as in how we feel about it." Self-esteem is also known as the evaluative dimension of the self that includes feelings of worthiness, prides and discouragement. One's self-esteem is also closely associated with self-consciousness.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of low self-esteem are depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd). Other possible causes, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with low self-esteem often receive psychotherapy, mental health counseling, psychological and psychiatric evaluation and therapy, depression screen, toxicology screen and blood alcohol .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with low self-esteem include sertraline (zoloft), bupropion (wellbutrin), trazodone, clonazepam, risperidone, duloxetine (cymbalta), lithium (li), ziprasidone (geodon), dexmethylphenidate (focalin), fluvoxamine (luvox), triiodothyronine (cytomel), midrin and modafinil (provigil) .

Sertraline (Zoloft)
$13
(28 days)
Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
$51
(28 days)
Trazodone
$7
(28 days)
Clonazepam
$9
(28 days)
Risperidone
$107
(28 days)
Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
$155
(28 days)
Lithium (Li)

Ziprasidone (Geodon)
$411
(28 days)
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)
$128
(28 days)
Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
$44
(28 days)
Triiodothyronine (Cytomel)
$32
(28 days)
Midrin

Modafinil (Provigil)
$596
(28 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for low self-esteem include age 30-44 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get low self-esteem.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.2x
5-14 years
1.0x
15-29 years
1.1x
30-44 years
1.8x
45-59 years
1.1x
60-74 years
0.7x
75+ years
0.4x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.5x
Hispanic
0.6x
White
1.2x
Other
1.1x
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