Depression tied to low self-esteem?

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Registered: 09-26-2009
Depression tied to low self-esteem?
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Mon, 08-29-2011 - 10:28pm

I wonder how many of you believe that depression and all its forms are really linked to how we feel about ourselves. There's that whole theory that depression is really ANGER turned inward, which I never fully underrstood until recently.

I'm 35 and struggled with low self-esteem ever since I remember. Ironically, on the outside, I often look put together and confident. Been told many times that I am rational, confident, even ruthless in certain business situations. I can easily put on the "nothing fazes me" persona, I guess I am a good actress. Deep down, I overanalyze social situations to the core, negative perceptions of me wound me deeply and criticism can send me straight into severe depression.

The wacky psychiatrist I saw tried to tell me it's how my mind works (he even called it a thought disorder, see my other post), but do you think it's some fundamental flaw in the brain or "simply" depression rearing its ugly head?

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Registered: 03-20-2009
Tue, 08-30-2011 - 1:34pm

'That is a real interesting thread. Got me thinking.