Mental Illness Impacts Self-Esteem


“The good life is a process, not a state of being.”

How many of you suffer or know someone who suffers from mental illnesses?  If you raised your hand, then we have something in common.

For those of you who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or another mental illness, stop and ask yourself a simple question.  Am I happy with my life?

If the answer to that question is no, then let’s do something to change that.  There’s a world of opportunities to explore, and some can be life changing.  This is your chance at a fresh start, one that would make you infinitely more confident.  Change your daily routine, get involved, do a good deed; the possibilities are endless.

For those who know someone struggling with mental illness, stop and ask yourself a different question.  How can I help?

It’s okay to be unsure.  It’s frustrating to be left in the dark, to not be able to understand what’s going on.  You don’t need to use words to be helpful.  A simple hug or gesture can go a long way.  Just be an encouraging social support.

Mental illness is difficult to live with and can often result in external and internal struggles.  Depression and anxiety are the most common and lead to low self-esteem (internal).    Low self-esteem impacts how you interact with others (external).

The most important thing is never put yourself down.  You’re too good for that.  Everyone is unique in their own way, so find who you are.  Rise to the challenge and open up your positive thinking.  Find a way to step out of your comfort zone and into your stretch zone.  This will be how you build your self-esteem.


For more information on how you can find your stretch zone, click the link below.  And don’t forget, build that self-esteem; don’t let it crumble.  You can do it! (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


Author: Brittany Knauss

I have been living my life alongside depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. My goal for this blog is to reach out to others that have similar mental illness and help to offer them some positivity. I have been learning more and more about how to bring more positive energy into my life and I would like to offer some of that to other people. This is also to help educate friends or family who know someone struggling with mental illness so they can help their loved ones and offer them some strengthening support. Social support is a huge factor in positive psychology!

21 thoughts on “Mental Illness Impacts Self-Esteem”

  1. This is great. I have anxiety, depression and OCD. All are well managed, but I still have an occasional “bad day” and it helps a lot when my husband is understanding.

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    1. When bad days happen embrace them. See it as a new challenge and rise above it. I’m so glad to hear that you have someone who can understand and support you through bad days. It does a world of difference to know you are not alone and that someone else cares!


  2. Well written article. I could see this helping a lot of people who know someone with a mental illness. Being left in the dark is difficult and some people might choose to not get involved at all when social support is so crucial.

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  3. This is an awesome article and there are so many people affected by these illnesses. Hopefully this will assist individuals to seek help early so they too can live a positive life. Thanks for sharing. Great job

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  4. Staying positive is definitely a good thing when dealing with anxiety or depression but sometimes that’s easier said then done. That’s why I try to surround myself with friends that truly care about me and are always there when I need them. I also have a few friends that suffer from anxiety and depression and it can be very difficult and frustrating to be there for them at times. Not knowing exactly how they feel or what they are going through makes it hard to help them but as mentioned in this article something simple as a hug or a hello text can go a long way in helping them through the day. It’s important to stay positive and be patient with them and do your best to try and understand what they are going through.

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    1. That’s a very good way to provide support! Having social support is the best way to help individuals with mental illness! This is even more helpful when times get difficult! Friends and family make great social support. So keep them close!


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