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Thursday, January 29

Article: Tips for Finding Motivation When You’re Depressed

My current battle with demotivation got me to thinking about how crippling the symptom of apathy is and especially in acute depression...
apathy [ap′əthē]
an absence or suppression of emotion, feeling, concern, or passion; an indifference to stimuli found generally to be exciting or moving. The condition is common in patients with urasthenia,depressive disorders, and schizophrenia.  apathetic, adj.
Apathy still has me in its line of fire. But my motivation is returning.  At this point I'm hopeful that depression is no longer on the horizon.  I remember having a similar experience last May. After about three days, I no longer felt pangs of apathy.  

I've mulled over how I've been feeling the last couple of weeks and often thought of how crippling this symptom can be, even for those with mild depression.  Although single and childless, the lack of motivation and apathy scares me especially when it comes to independence and overall health.  For instance, demotivated, I often find myself procrastinating after working only half of the day.  Consistently and over time, poor job performance is sure to become evident providing grounds for suspension or termination.  And my health?  The already unrelenting riddle that I can’t seem to crack?  For now, I won’t say more.  

And that’s me.  Single and childless.

So imagine being a stay at home mom having to manage a home and keep children active and engaged… or a small business owner having to constantly interact with vendors, customers, other business owners and manage employees and product… or a nurse, doctor, police officer, soldier, firefighter, anyone in the business of saving lives while also having to survive the forceful pull of demotivation or apathy.  It’s potentially life shattering.   In the latter professions, and many others, it can be deadly.  

It should be needless to say that apathy, even demotivation, is not a choice. Getting others to believe it?  That’s another fight.  The following article offers simple and practical ways to steadily regain motivation.     
“Telling a depressed person to get motivated is like telling a rock to dance. You’ll get the same result.

It’s not because depressed people don’t want to get motivated. It’s because getting motivated is an overwhelming task when you’re depressed. Is motivation impossible? Definitely not. You just have to find a process that works for you.

There is a saying: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” But many depressed people can’t get out of bed, much less take a thousand-mile journey…”

con’t reading Tips for Finding Motivation When You’re Depressed By Vicky Poutas published at PsychCentral.  Retrieved on January 25, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/12/22/tips-for-finding-motivation-when-youre-depressed/