The Caregiver's Journey

Self-Esteem

A person’s view of him or herself can be negatively affected by TBI. Feelings of low self-esteem go hand in hand with depression.

What you might see:

  • Negative self-statements: “I am worthless,” “I’ll never be normal again,” “How can you love me like this?”
  • Less interest in personal appearance
  • Social withdrawal

How you can help:

  • Encourage your family member to express his or her feelings. Try to redirect the person to more positive thoughts.
  • Encourage your family member to spend time with others. Encourage him or her to take part in independent activities.
  • Help your family member to set realistic, attainable goals. Help him or her to choose activities that he or she can successfully complete.