Daryl Lindsey
June 30, 2017 10:10 am
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Do you feel anxious about mistakes you’ve made or could make, or worry you’re not doing anything right? You could be experiencing a “self-esteem attack,” a very-real form of an anxiety attack related to feelings of self-worth.

According to the Self-Esteem Institute, self-esteem attacks are often mistaken for panic attacks.

People suffering from these attacks might isolate themselves, avoid situations outside of their comfort zone, and avoid speaking up in public, the institute claims.

So why do these attacks happen? Dr. Marilyn J. Sorenson, Ph.D., told Bustle that confidence development begins very early.

If attacks like this affect you, know that you’re not alone and that there are people and resources to help you. Self-esteem building exercises can help you remind yourself how awesome you are and reset your priorities. Surround yourself with friends who bolster your feelings of self-love, not the opposite, and remember that you are an amazing human being worthy of self-love! 

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