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Anxiety, Phobias and Self-Esteem

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I have always had extreme phobias that have affected how I go about my days. Although, I have learned to live with them, I have been starting to have other issues lately. I have been compulsively scratching my entire body as well as constantly feeling completely worthless. Logically, I understand that I’m nearly a straight-A student, working three jobs and volunteering with healthy friendships and a relationship, but I always feel like a complete waste of space. Lately, I have noticed that I audibly call myself stupid without even realizing it. Are these behaviors temporary, or should I seek attention?

Anxiety, Phobias and Self-Esteem

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Yes I think talking to someone about these symptoms would be a good idea. The way that you’ve described it sounds to me like just trying to do more without feeling integrated will just lead to more stress.

In other words, let’s find out what is blocking you from feeling all these wonderful things you are doing. Until you know this, the good deeds are not able to provide the balance you are looking for.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Anxiety, Phobias and Self-Esteem

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Anxiety, Phobias and Self-Esteem. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
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