Self Esteem (Low)

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Self esteem refers to an individual's overall sense of self worth and self-value. Self esteem can be directly affected by many medical conditions, and low self-esteem may increase the risk of the development of some conditions. As represented in Maslow's hierarchy of needs, esteem is an important aspect of an individual reaching sel-actualization. Just as food and safety are important for an individual to lead a healthy, fulfilling life, adequate self-esteem is important as well.[1]

Self Esteem (Low)
See Also Mental/Emotional or Psychological Conditions
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Related Conditions

Self esteem may be adversely affected by many chronic conditions including:[2][3], [4], [5]

Chronically low self esteem may increase risk of the development of the following conditions:[6]

  • Bulimia
  • Anorexia


Reviewed by Iva Lloyd, BScH, RPE, ND [1]

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  4. Marcussen K, et al.(2010) The effect of services and stigma on quality of life for persons with serious mental illness. Psych Serv :61(5):489-94
  5. McKillop J (2010) Management of autoimmune associated alopecia areata. Nurs Stand:24(36):42-6.
  6. Wilson GT, et al. (2010) Psychological Treatments of Binge Eating Disorder. Arch Gen Psych;67(1);94-101.