SELF ESTEEM AND DEPRESSION
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|Mon, 03-31-2003 - 11:15pm|
I'm new to this board. I've been depressed for several years, but this year I had to leave my job because I was so depressed that I couldn't work. Not having a job has caused me to feel abosolutely worthless. I never knew how much my self esteem and self image were tied to my work. Without it I feel as if my life no longer has any purpose at all. I also feel like a failure because my increasing depression prevented me from finishing my graduate degree. Has anyone else ever felt this way? Did you lose your self esteem because you were no longer able to pursue or attain your goals?
On top of losing my job, my medication has caused me to gain a tremendous amount of weight. I weigh the most I ever have in my life. I'd like to start a new relationship so that I could focus on something besides myself, but I don't believe that anyone could find me attractive right now.
How are other people managing their problems with self esteem? I could really use some feeback. The double whammy of losing my job and having a negative body image has left me feeling hopeless.