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Depression and self esteem

One of the main characteristic of person who are particularly liable to depression is the fragility of their self esteem. We all become temporarily depressed as a consequence of loss, failure, or bereavement. But most of us, because of a fortunate genetic endowment or a felicitous early childhood, possess inner sources of self esteem which are sufficient to sustain us in the face of the normal hazards of existence. But those prone to severe depression have no such conviction. They seem to lack any inner sources of self esteem. When face with any minor setback, a marital quarrel, a rejection slip or a bad review, depressed people are plunged into a state of melancholia from which they can envisage no escape. For such people avoidance of this state become the major endeavour of their lives. Some, like Balzac, keep the devil at bay by manic overwork. Success and public recognition can in some degree compensate for inner emptiness by providing recurrent injections of self esteem from external sources. Depressives are as dependent upon frequent fixes of recognition and success as are addicts on their drug. It is not difficult to understand that liability to depression is a powerful spur to creative achievement in those who are given enough to use this way of coping with their temperament vulnerability. Therapy can help depressed people understanding the triggers of negative thinking, facilitating coping strategies and reinforcing self esteem.

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