Anxiety vs. Self-Esteem

Joan Breiner


March 9th, 2015

Anxiety vs. low self-esteem, what’s the difference?

Anxiety. Self-esteem. We throw these words around often and hear people talk about these emotions frequently. In truth, everyone has a tendency to become nervous or anxious from time to time, especially during events such as speaking in public, asking for a raise, or going through times of personal hardship. For those of you battling with the emotional toll that acne scarring and acne can have, it’s important to understand the difference between anxiety and self-esteem. Understanding the difference can help you better manage persistent negative or stressful emotions.

Anxiety is the general feeling of worry, nervousness, and unease and typically involves compulsive behavior or extreme panic attacks when there is little to nothing to provoke the feeling. People suffering from anxiety disorders typically also suffer from problems sleeping, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, inability to stay calm, nausea and dizziness. Anxiety is the cornerstone of low self-esteem, and people that have low self-esteem tend to have higher than average levels of anxiety.

Self-esteem is not an emotion. It refers to a person’s overall sense of self-worth and sense of competency. Someone with low self-esteem may have an unexaggeratedly unfavorable impression of themselves. Low self-esteem can hamper one’s ability to accomplish goals and interact with others, and can create self-imposed limits. As such, low self-esteem can result in depression and fuel feelings of anxiety.

If you are suffering from any sort of depression, including persistent anxiety and low self-esteem, please consult with a physician to better understand support and treatment options that may be available to you.

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