Self-esteem is fundamentally linked to mental health, but its’ role in trajectories of psychiatric problems is unclear. Self-esteem is often defined as an individual’s self-perception of his/her abilities, skills, and overall qualities that guides and/or motivates specific cognitive processes and behaviors.

As self-esteem can be an important coping resource, one of the concerns raised by the combination of low self-esteem and chronic illness is an increased difficulty in preventing the negative affect from developing into a more severe case of depression. 

Individuals with low self-esteem may fail to preserve or form new social relationships because they are less likely to seek out social activities. The poor self-concept associated with low self-esteem in patients with chronic illness may hinder them from escaping their ‘disease focused world’, making it difficult to immerse themselves in social interactions and maintain relationships. Further, it may be that low self-esteem predicts fewer social interactions because the individual is not physically able to expend the effort to engage in interpersonal contact.

It is important to promote self-esteem and empowerment over one's condition. 
Amiel Segal counsels those struggling with self-esteem. He provides at-home therapy throughout Long Island, NY and in nearby towns such as Seaford, Wantagh, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Hempstead, Uniondale, Merrick, East Meadow, Lindenhurst, Copaigue, Valley Stream, Williston Park, Franklin Square, Freeport, Lawrence, Hewlett, Island Park, Rockville Centre, Levittown, Amityville, Westbury, Hicksville, Garden City, Great Neck, Manhasset, Bellmore, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Oceanside, Farmingdale, Glen Cove, Bethpage, Syosset, Plainview, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Melville, and New Hyde Park.

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