There are as many varieties of emotional, mental health issues as there are people experiencing them. We at Counseling on Demand have delineated a great many of them previously. Today, we will focus on just the four of the many which derive from feelings of inadequacy.
This is a complex concept. Let’s look at these four symptoms to see how they fit our personal situations, i.e., find that echo inside us.
- Fear & AnxietyThose who suffer from feelings of inadequacy experience extreme fear and anxiety frequently. Believing that there is something innately wrong with themselves. Often, a person perceives he/she has done or said something insensitive, inappropriate, stupid, or ridiculous. As a result- dreaded periods of self-loathing
- Depression. Depression is often lurking in the shadows. When you are depressed, most often you think that you are worthless. The worse the depression, the more you feel this way. Fortunately, you are not alone!
A survey by Dr. Aaron Beck revealed that over 80 percent of depressed people expressed dislike for themselves. According to Dr. Beck, when you are depressed, you feel “The Four Ds”: Defeated, Defective, Deserted, and Deprived. (Norm Cohen, Feeling Worthless and Depression, in PsychCentral)
- Obsessive-compulsive or addictive behaviorsTrying to feel better about themselves, they may become involved in repeated acts of compulsion or addiction such as over spending, alcohol, drugs- even socially acceptable-appearing activities, often taking on lives of their own.
- Sexual DysfunctionAnxiety is considered by physicians to be the primary cause of impotence in men and inability to reach orgasm in women. These problems are especially prevalent in those with feelings of inadequacy.