Insecurity: Definition, Causes, & 11 Ways to Cope
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “The Effects of Always Feeling Insecure”, revised “How to Overcome Insecurity”. New material written by Eric Patterson, LPC, and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
Author: Eric Patterson, LPC
Reviewer: Benjamin Troy, MD