Suffering From Low Self Esteem?

Editor: Dr. Russel Lazarus, Published January 11, 2021

Low self esteem can be one of the most challenging emotions experienced by patients following a traumatic brain injury. 

Even a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect the neural connections between the brain and the eyes, and lead to many debilitating symptoms.

Chronic dizziness, headaches, and other visual symptoms can affect your productivity and daily functioning, and make it difficult to concentrate at work or at school. These symptoms can rob you of your independence and even limit your ability to participate in social activities or sports games.

When the effects of a TBI bring on feelings of helplessness and social isolation, feelings of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem can surface.

Are you suffering from low self esteem?

Common signs of low self esteem and depression include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Negative self-talk
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lack of motivation
  • Irritability
  • Changes in appetite

What can you do?

If you or someone you know is showing signs of low self esteem or depression, seek help as soon as possible.

The first step to diminish your feelings of low self esteem and increase your feelings of self-worth, is to treat your visual symptoms.

When you begin to feel better, you will experience a greater drive to get back out there, increase your productivity and socialize with your family and friends— all of which will help you to live your life with a greater sense of meaning and help you to feel like yourself again.

How are visual symptoms from a TBI treated?

If you are experiencing visual symptoms following a concussion or TBI, schedule an appointment with a neuro-optometrist.

A neuro-optometric rehabilitation program can retrain and strengthen the connections between your eyes and brain for more effective communication, and can help to diminish many of the uncomfortable symptoms you may be experiencing.

If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, your neuro-optometrist can provide the tools to effectively treat your visual symptoms and help you to regain your independence and self esteem, for a greater sense of purpose.