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Self-esteem symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Self-esteem symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. When did the problem with self esteem begin?
  2. Is the self esteem low or high?

    Why: There are many physical and psychological conditions that may predispose to poor self esteem. Possible causes of excessively high self esteem include the manic phase of bipolar affective disorder, narcissistic personality disorder and abuse of amphetamines.

  3. There is a degree of normal personality variation. Some people think highly of themselves but are not suffering from any disorder
  4. What is the age of the person with the self-esteem problems?

    Why: e.g. It is normal and healthy for a teenage to have many questions about themselves and be unsure of how they fit into the world.

  5. What are your stressors at the moment?

    Why: questions specifically about relationship, family, children, social support, occupation, general physical health and financial stresses.

  6. Where would you put yourself between 0 and 100%?

    Why: may help determine the severity of poor self esteem.

  7. Has the thought of hurting yourself or ending your life occurred to you?

    Why: it is important for the doctor to know if you are a suicide risk.

  8. Previous weight history?

    Why: the anorexic patient is often overweight during her younger childhood years and may have been teased for being so.

  9. Assess person's personality characteristics?

    Why: e.g. the anorexic patient may be dependent, immature, perfectionist, afraid of growing up; people with a narcissistic personality disorder may be arrogant, haughty, superior and dismissive; people with dependant personality disorder are submissive and require constant reassurance.

  10. Family interpersonal relationships?

    Why: there are often problematic family interpersonal relationships which need exploration in psychological conditions associated with poor self esteem.

  11. Alcohol history?

    Why: may help in determining whether alcoholism is the cause of low self esteem.

  12. Illicit drug use?

    Why: may cause low self esteem.

  13. Gambling history?

    Why: addiction to gambling is associated with low self esteem.

  14. Forensic history?

    Why: may be associated with poor self esteem.

  15. Family history?

    Why: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar affective disorder can run in families.

  16. Central fear of weight gain and distorted body image?

    Why: may suggest anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.

  17. Symptoms of depression?

    Why: e.g. depressed mood, crying spells, anhedonia (loss of interest or pleasure), increase or decrease in appetite (usually decreased), weight loss or gain, insomnia or increased sleeping (usually early morning waking), fatigue, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, feelings of excessive guilt, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, low libido, thoughts of death or suicide attempt.

  18. Symptoms of anxiety?

    Why: e.g. nervousness, shakiness, tremor, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, poor concentration, heart palpitations, racing heart, sweating, dizziness, diarrhea, lump in throat and frequency of urination.

  19. Symptoms of Manic-depression?

    Why: e.g. episodes of depression (often psychotic in intensity) and at other times episodes of psychotic excitement (mania or hypomania). Symptoms of psychotic excitement may include elevation of mood, increased activity, grandiose ideas, irritability, disinhibition (which affects social, sexual and financial behavior), rapid speech and racing thought, delusions (persecutory or grandiose) and sometimes hallucinations.

  20. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

    Why: e.g. refusal to maintain normal body weight, loss of more than 25% of original body weight, intense fear of becoming fat, preoccupation with calorie counting, avoidance of all carbohydrate, fainting.

  21. Symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

    Why: e.g. recurrent episodes of binge eating; preoccupation with food and weight changes; consumption of high calorie, easily digested food during the binge; termination of the binge by abdominal pain, sleep or vomiting; inconspicuous eating during a binge; repeated attempts to lose weight by frequent vomiting, fasting or use of laxatives or diuretics; frequent fluctuations of more than 4.5kg; awareness of abnormal eating pattern and fear of not being able to stop voluntarily; depressed mood after binge. May have a previous history of anorexia nervosa.

  22. Symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder?

    Why: e.g. inability to love others, tendency to use people and then discard them, lack of regard for the feelings of others, grandiosity, an insatiable need for admiration, lack of empathy with others. Their manner is arrogant, haughty, superior and dismissive. A failure to live up to their expectations of themselves may lead to depression.

  23. Symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

    Why: e.g. preoccupation with a perceived defect in one's appearance. If a slight defect is present, which others hardly notice, then the concern is regarded a markedly excessive. The preoccupation must cause significant distress or impairment in one's occupational or social functioning.

  24. Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

    Why: e.g. persistent acne in the hirsute (excessively hairy) female, irregular periods, usually overweight. May be associated with poor self-esteem.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Self-esteem symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Self-esteem symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Self-esteem symptoms:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Self-esteem symptoms' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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