Low self-esteem is something I’ve suffered from most of my life. I attribute a lot of it to being on the spectrum, but not being diagnosed until I was forty-six years old.
Why so late in life, you may ask? Well, I was out of high school for more than ten years before autism was discovered and discussed in school-age kids. From fifth through ninth grade, while attending Christian school, my teachers would call me weird, stupid and lazy in front of the class.
I was none of those things. Different? Yes, but not weird. Stupid? My IQ shows otherwise and certainly not lazy, as I tried hard to understand what was being said, but because of a then-unknown communication barrier, I put in the effort, yet couldn’t understand, so I wasn’t lazy either.
When I got into the workforce I had a boss who for more than four years called me Forrest Gump. And not in a nice way.
All this is to show that I have a deep understanding of low self-esteem and what it can do to a person. Even though I’ve known that I have Asperger’s Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, for almost seven years now, the self-esteem problems are often still present.
Thursday night, October 11, 2018 at 9 pm Eastern/6 pm Pacific we’ll be discussing low self-esteem and the ways we cope with it on our weekly Mental Health Social Interest Group Call.
Some of us cope with it in positive ways, such as seeking therapy or counseling, while others turn to less productive ways to deal with the pain of low self-esteem. Many get into abusive relationships because they truly believe they’re not worthy of anything better. Others turn to the bottle and spend loads of “quality” time with friends like Jack Daniels, Ron Bacardi, and Jose Cuervo.
Lately, the hot new trend is to turn to opioids to numb the pain. If it’s not opioids, it’s some other drug.
When you add the natural day-to-day stressors of life such as problems with health, workplace or romantic relationships, the self-esteem gets dropped even more and makes things that much worse.
So, how do you handle low self-esteem when it comes knocking on your door?
What are the best ways to deal with it? How do we keep others from doing harm to themselves such as drinking themselves to death or accidentally (possibly even purposely) overdosing on their drug of choice in order to make the pain go away?
These are the things we’ll be talking about on Thursday night, so please join us on the call and add your two cents to the conversation. Heck, you can even add a nickel’s worth of your opinion.
I look forward to seeing you there and to hearing what you have to offer on this very important topic. The information is below, so make sure you get it on your calendar and join in the conversation.