This is the fifth of a 14-part series that covers the negative effects of low self-esteem.

In this article, we will try to take up three of the most common impacts of low self-esteem.  These are:

Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia

A person's emotional health plays an important role in the balance of his personality and behavior.  It affects a person's life in many ways. 

Emotional problems may give a person some difficulties in his relationships with other people.  Although it's specific causes have not been established, many health professionals acknowledge it as one of the effects of low self-esteem.  Let's take a look at each of these issues one by one.

1. Depression

Depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, frustration, unhappiness or misery interfere with a person's everyday life for weeks or longer. 

Depression is not a strange feeling because most of us experience it at one time or another, but only for short periods. It can be triggered by circumstances such as the loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, failure, or loss of a job. 

Under normal conditions, the feeling of loss and sadness is temporary and it is expected to subside after some time.  But for people who are suffering from chronic depression, the scenario is different.  Their sadness is intense and they seem to be lacking in energy all the time.  The motivation, appetite and alertness that they once had are gone.  They even have the tendency to feel unworthy with thoughts of death to end their misery.

2. Anxiety

Anxiety is a psychological condition that makes a person suffer from feelings of apprehension, worry, fear or nervousness about something that lies ahead.  This often happens for no apparent reason.

Anxiety is closely linked to depression. It is a normal feeling that a person experiences when there is an apparent cause.  It can even help us to prepare by making us more alert during difficult moments.  But it is already an illness if a person becomes anxious for no reason at all.

3. Insomnia

Insomnia refers to a person's inability to obtain sufficient amounts or quality of sleep.  It has many contributing factors which include noise, physical pain, uncomfortable temperature, change in sleeping habits, stress, or depression and anxiety.

A person who has insomnia may be suffering from depression or anxiety.  But this sleeping problem may vanish if its sufferer can recover from these emotional problems.

Some of the ways to treat depression and anxiety include therapy, counseling, medication and self-help.


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