In many cases, low self-esteem is triggered by crucial experiences in early life. Triggers may be something that was seen, heard or experienced at home, at school or within the wider community and may, for example, consist of:
- Systematic abuse, neglect or punishment.
- Failure to meet standards set by parents.
- Failure to meet standards set by peer groups.
- Being used by other people to overcome stress/distress.
- Belonging to family or social group others are prejudiced towards.
- Absence of affection, interest, praise or warmth.
- Being/feeling the odd one out (at home or school).
In some cases, low self-esteem is triggered later in life. Abusive relationships, workplace bullying/intimidation, persistent hardship or stress, and traumatic events, like losing a loved one or sustaining a serious personal injury can all be responsible for triggering post traumatic stress and low self-esteem.
Occupational stress and accidents at work
Being under continual pressure to perform at work can result in stress levels becoming too high to cope. This may result in anxiety, depression and/or low self-esteem. Being injured at work may also cause low self-esteem, especially if the injury was severe and resulted in prolonged inability to work and support a family, for example.
In a similar fashion, injuries by slipping, falling or tripping may result in financial burdens the injured individual may feel responsible for. Violent street attacks often also trigger negative feelings of this kind, as victims search for reasons and end up believing the attack was probably their own fault.
Road accident injuries, witnessing particularly serious car crashes or losing a loved one, especially a child, can also lead to post traumatic stress-related low self-esteem.
Whatever may have been the initial traumatic event that caused your low self-esteem, if someone else was responsible for the incident, you may qualify for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm with more than 15 years’ experience in securing compensation for people in situations like the one you are in, can help you to get the compensation you are entitled to.
Claiming for compensation
Call the company’s freephone number to have a friendly, confidential chat about your situation and get your compensation claim started. You will be advised and assisted throughout the claim process by a specialised lawyer with years of experience in handling cases like yours.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown