There’s lots of information out there about how to stop beating yourself up or how to increase your self-esteem. But how do-able is it? I’m always interested in practical ways people can approach problems, or “What You Can Do About It.” So I’m offering three practical exercises for you to try — things that I’ve offered as ideas to my own patients who are struggling with depression and low self-esteem, and are convinced that others look down on them, that they’re unacceptable, or that they don’t have what it takes to create a good life. You can try these out for yourself!

The email listener for today questions whether or not she has borderline personality disorder, and seems to discount having suicidal thoughts.

Important links:

Feeling Good Handbook by Dr. David Burns (audiobook)

Breaking The Patterns Of Depression by Dr. Michael Yapko

The Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Suicide Prevention Texting Hotline: CONNECT 741741

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