Self-Esteem | Definition and Patient Education
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What causes poor self esteem? 10 possible conditions

Self-esteem is the general opinion a person has about himself or herself. Having high but realistic self-esteem is essential to good mental health. A person's childhood experiences generally shape his or her self-esteem. Parents, teachers, and childhood... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Dysthymia

Persistent depressive disorder, formerly known as dysthymia, is a form of chronic depression. Learn about its symptoms, causes, treatment, and more.

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2

AIDS

There are many symptoms of HIV/AIDS, including persistent skin rashes, night sweats, and mouth sores.

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3

Depression Overview

Depression is a mood disorder that can cause extreme and persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. Depression type largely determines what kind of medical treatment is best.

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4

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is also known as alcohol dependence. It occurs when you drink so much over time that your body becomes dependent on or addicted to alcohol. When this happens, alcohol use becomes the most important thing i...

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5

Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid personality disorder is a personality disorder characterized by intense mistrust and suspicion of others.

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6

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder mental illness marked by extreme from mania to depression. Bipolar disorder is also called bipolar disease or manic depression.

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7

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness. Learn about symptoms and treatment options.

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8

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression affects as many as 13 percent of new mothers. In the U.S., that's half a million women. Learn about symptoms, causes, risks, and more.

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9

PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

Premenstrual syndrome causes a wide variety of emotional and physical symptoms. Learn more about it.

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10

Obesity

Obesity is an epidemic in the U.S. This condition puts people at a higher risk for serious diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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