Increasing Self-Esteem/what is my problem?


""Ok for a good year now I have not ate at a fast food place or at a dinner. I can't eat at school either. When I read aloud in my class or even go up to ask my teacher a question I feel like I am going to throw up. I can't even concentrate in school anymore because all I worry about is throwing up and it is really effecting me in a bad way. I need to be able to go out and eat with my family and friends because I always have to make an excuse that I can't go eat with them. I asked a few other experts and they all mentioned this catogory. I need as much help and what I can do to fix this fast. I can eat a whole meal at my own house but if I'm at a dinner I might be able to eat a bits at the most. That's how bad it got to. Please I need help ASAP. should I see a doctor? Have you ever experienced anything like this?""

Hi Jake,

It is difficult to assign a name to your problems, but it comes close to agoraphobia. Whatever it it is, it is phobia. Most phobias are triggered by an excess stress hormones secretion, most likely due to an internal (endogenous) abnormal biochemical disorder.  Most of these phobias are caused by hypoglycemia (

This can be treated by going on a hypoglycemic diet (

The mechanism that gives rise to these anxieties are explained in the following articles:

Beating Anxiety and Phobias  

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Nutrition

Anxiety and The Autonomic Nervous System

You can test yourself for hypoglycemia by:

Testing for Hypoglycemia by Questionnaires
  Nutrition-Behavior Inventory (NBI)

  Hypoglycemic Questionnaire (short test)
If you score high it may be an indication that you could be  hypoglycemic (  This is a silent disease that is responsible for excess production of stress hormones - like adrenaline and cortisol - and which may trigger depression, anxiety or a low self-esteem.

I hope his helps. Discuss with your doctor if you wish to do so.

Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Emeritus Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist


I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at:


Depression, Anxiety Attacks and Self-Esteem Problems, Drug Addiction and Alcoholism, Gambling, as well as the whole gamut of personality disorders.

Author of the book "Getting off the Hook". It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. My articles can be found at:

BA (Psych) (University of Sydney), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

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