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How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

How a Negative Self-Image Affects Depression

Many of the symptoms of negative self-image and depression overlap, and may cause depression symptoms to worsen

Depression is a serious mental disorder that can be debilitating on its own, but when combined with a negative self-image, it can be even more crippling. Many of the symptoms of negative self-image and depression overlap, and a negative self-image may cause depression symptoms to worsen or new symptoms to develop. Although a negative self-image causes more emotional and psychological pain if untreated, with therapy patients can begin to understand the relationship between the two problems so they can manage their depression symptoms and develop a more positive self-image.

Suffering from Negative Self-Image and Depression

It is quite common for patients suffering from depression to be afflicted with a negative self-image as well. Negative self-image develops when people begin focusing on their flaws and ignoring or placing less weight on their strengths. A negative self-image holds people back from building relationships with others, pursuing goals, and causes feelings of isolation and unworthiness. Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance and patients often experience reduced energy levels, decreased motivation, and feelings of loneliness or helplessness. The symptoms of depression can cause some users to develop a negative self-image, while in others a negative self-image can grow into clinical depression if left untreated.

Depression and Self-Image Issues Exacerbate Symptoms

Depression and negative self-image share some of the same symptoms, and low self-worth may also cause depression symptoms to become worse. Feelings of helplessness and isolation caused by depression can be intensified because of the thoughts associated with negative self-image. For example, a person suffering from depression may feel isolated and avoid forming new relationships. If this person has a negative self-image, he may become angry and helpless because he feels like no one wants to befriend him. Symptoms of depression and negative self-image often go hand-in-hand, causing a vicious cycle of feelings of isolation and helplessness.

Treating Depression and Negative Self-Image

Suffering from both depression and self-image issues requires treatment that focuses on both problems. Without therapy your symptoms will continue to get worse, but treatment can help you understand and manage depression and self-image problems. To learn more about therapy that can treat your symptoms and end the link between negative self-image and depression, call our toll-free helpline today. Trained addiction experts are standing by 24 hours a day to speak with you about how to overcome your depression and to let you know if health insurance will help pay for your treatment.

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