Self-hate is a flood of negative and hostile emotions, thoughts, and feelings directed at oneself. This condition arises from the constant comparison of oneself to others.
People who feel hatred for themselves and their lives create an ideal image they want to conform to. However, due to circumstances, lack of skills and talents, laziness, and psychological trauma, a person cannot conform to this ideal, which causes negative emotions.
How Does Self-Hatred Manifest Itself?
A negative attitude toward oneself is a hazardous condition. It begins with the thoughts, “I hate what my life has become,” “I hate my life,” “I hate my appearance,” etc. As it worsens, the person stops accepting help from those around him, reasoning that he does not deserve to be treated well.
The rejection of loved ones leads to loneliness, which the patient perceives as a deserved punishment. Against this background, apathy and severe forms of depression develop.
The most terrible consequence of hatred of oneself and one’s life is the occurrence of suicidal tendencies. If psychological help is not provided in time, the person can commit suicide.
Why do Hatred of Yourself and Your Life Arise?
The reasons for the appearance of negative emotional attitudes towards oneself lie in deep psychological traumas:
Childhood psychological trauma – when parents constantly compare a child to other children, deep complexes develop, which develop over time into feelings of self-loathing.
Biased assessment of one’s shortcomings – fixation on weaknesses leads to a state of aggression toward oneself and exacerbates this condition. Obese people eat their problems. Those who drink increase the dose of alcohol.
Intrapersonal conflicts – when a person gives up their inner desires and beliefs in favor of the demands of others and society, a deep intrapersonal dispute arises. Such a state is the ideal ground for the emergence of hatred for one’s life and rejection of oneself.
Prevalence of Mental Disorders in the United States
It is estimated that one in four people has a mental illness. About 5 percent of adults have a severe mental illness that affects their functioning in society. These mental illnesses include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Approximately 20% of doctor’s appointments involve anxiety disorders such as panic attacks. Eight million people suffer from depression each year. In addition, two million Americans have schizophrenia, and 300,000 new cases are diagnosed yearly.
Depression is the most common mental disorder in the world. It is a misfortune that can happen to anyone. Everyone experiences bad moods because of unpleasant events. But if the depressed state lasts more than two weeks, regardless of what’s happening around you, it’s depression. A mental disorder drains the victim of strength, energy, and ability to enjoy life.
Depression can be a reaction to tragic events or an inborn disorder of brain biochemistry. In the latter case, it begins without external causes, passes, and returns.
Anxiety comes in many forms: phobias make us afraid of something specific, and panic attacks have sharp but short-lived attacks of dread. Chronically increased anxiety levels for various reasons are called generalized anxiety disorder. And obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) causes a person to perform strange rituals to “protect themselves” from all sorts of threats.
A psychiatric diagnosis is made when a person cannot cope with negative emotions that make everyday life impossible. For example, because of compulsive fears, a person stops going to school, fails to cope with work, and destroys relationships. Therefore, tell the anxious person, “Stop worrying already. There is no reason for it!” – does not make the slightest sense.
Bipolar affective disorder
With bipolar disorder, life consists of contrasts: depressive periods alternate with weeks of unreasonably elevated mood. These can be relatively mild and long cycles of high and depressed mood, or there can be sharp fluctuations from euphoria to complete hopelessness.
In some cases, the illness is aggravated by psychotic attacks: the patient may commit insane acts and not even realize it. It is essential to distinguish BAR from depression because treatment with antidepressants can provoke a phase change and even psychosis.
Schizophrenia is a very flexible concept: it encompasses various symptoms that can lead to severe disability and may be limited to rare seizures.
Typical symptoms include delirium and delusions, hallucinations, and impaired logical thinking. The disease is also accompanied by depressive episodes when the person suddenly becomes withdrawn and indifferent to the world around him.
Main Stages of the Recovery Process
Admission to a mental rehabilitation center begins with the initial examination of the patient:
Getting to know the person in need of help.
Interview in the form of a conversation with relatives if necessary.
Diagnostics using tests, questionnaires, and hardware examinations.
Individual counseling and training sessions.
Psychotherapeutic correction and participation in recovery programs.
Patient Rehabilitation: Dual Diagnoses
Dual diagnoses are a combination of two diseases, one of which is associated with drug use. More often than not, treating dual diagnoses requires a more systematic approach that relieves dependence on psychotropic substances and eliminates their consequences.
In psychiatry, rehabilitation of such patients includes:
Regimen normalization (including the elimination of insomnia).
Consultations with a narcologist.
Creative circles: needlework, music, drawing.
Individual and group psychotherapy.
Find Addiction Rehabs patients with dual diagnoses in our clinic who are successfully rehabilitated. Comfortable conditions, a modern approach, and professional psychological rehabilitation give long-lasting and noticeable results.
Dissatisfied with Life: Get Help Now!
To change how you feel about yourself and eliminate your feelings of hatred, such as “I hate my life”, you need to change your attitude. An experienced psychologist can help perform in-depth psychoanalysis, figure out the condition’s cause, and select psychological techniques to replace negative attitudes. Practical, in this case, methods of persuasion, art therapy, hypnosis, Gestalt therapy, and special physical exercises to accept the body.
If you or your loved ones need psychiatric rehabilitation, contact Find Addiction Rehabs. Our rehab center’s psychological rehabilitation programs are designed by experienced psychotherapists who specialize in working with guests who have experienced severe illness or trauma.
The programs are developed individually for each guest, considering their condition, capabilities, and the doctors’ prognosis. Psychological rehabilitation is part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program and complements medication treatment, physiotherapy, and classes with therapeutic physical training instructors.