One of the underlying causes of anxiety disorder is low self-esteem. Self-esteem is how you feel and think about yourself as opposed to how you view others. Self-esteem is the perception you have of yourself and your abilities. It’s unfortunate that many people don’t understand their true value as a human being and their real potential or capabilities. In a nutshell, anxiety and fear holds them back from appreciating themselves.
Unrelenting anxiety can cause damage in so many ways. It can stop you from attempting things you want to try. It can make you feel as is life holds promise for others but not you. Anxiety can make you fearful to take advantage of your talents. It can also cause you to have mistaken beliefs about the world and interpersonal relationships.
One of the treatments for anxiety disorder focuses on improving self-esteem and correcting mistaken beliefs that create worry and distress on an ongoing basis. This is a form of cognitive therapy that helps a person learn how to change their thoughts and view of themselves. It’s about changing attitudes. Believing you can fulfill your personal dreams may sound a bit trite on the surface, but it’s essential for a normal and healthy psyche.
Anxiety disorder can be treated through a self-help program that teaches you how to change your attitude about your capabilities for achievement. When you view the world as something that serves to prevent you from succeeding, then that’s precisely what it will do. If you view the world as a place that enables you to fulfill your dreams and display your capabilities, then the possibilities are endless.
Enhancing self-esteem is a common technique used to treat anxiety disorder because much anxiety comes from worrying about non-existent problems. It’s called the “what-if” syndrome. You can worry about what will happen if you attempt to meet new people, change jobs or become assertive. Or you can have faith in your ability to cope with change and other people’s reactions. It’s easy to see there is much more peace in life when you have confidence in your coping abilities.
Techniques to deal with anxiety disorder through self-esteem building include the following.
• Learn positive self-talk
• Learn to make decisions to the best of your ability
• Learn that you don’t always have to please others before yourself
• Learn you are never powerless
• Learn to make decisions that take your own well-being into account
• Learn you have abilities and talents
• Learn how to express your feelings and needs
In other words, you learn how to reduce or eliminate all the unnecessary worries in your life leading to anxiety disorder. Though this treatment may seem a bit vague to some people, the truth is that many anxiety disorders exist because of lack of self-esteem. Medication cannot restore self-esteem, but other behavioral and cognitive therapies are able to help you discover your self worth.