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No motivation for years. - August 7th 2015, 11:57 AM

For a few years of my life now, along with my depression I have been struggling from a complete and total lack of motivation. This is most prominent when I'm on my psychiatric medications - I wont often feel incredibly sad or anxious, I'll feel okay, but I wont have motivation to do anything at all other than lie around and surf the internet. I used to love reading; I havent finished a single book in at least two and a half years. I literally never study for anything school related because convincing myself to do so is impossible. Even as I write this, I should be getting changed and eating breakfast before I go out but I cant bring myself to. Performing chores around the house is impossible. Ive tried doing things like "rewarding myself" for anything I accomplish; it doesnt help. I cant bring myself to just not go on the Internet/turn off my phone until I accomplish things either. I used to love music and now I never even touch my instruments. Its been this way for years.
My therapists and psychiatrist havent helped with this either. I'm at a loss at this point, I really am.
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Re: No motivation for years. - August 20th 2015, 05:10 AM

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Re: No motivation for years. - August 26th 2015, 12:55 PM

i think that part of your problem likes with the fact that you think that things won't work out anyway.. which is why you don't try. However, i think that the exciting part of how everything is ...lies in how new things pique your interest. You can try something new everyday to spice up your life, and it helps to bring back your motivation, as well as make you a happier person.

You should find out more about what makes you tick. Try getting a diary, and try writing in it your profound thoughts, experiences, wishes , and happy moments. That will certainly help as a guidepost.. you'll be able to learn more bout your experiences, what they mean to you and keep track of everything.

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Re: No motivation for years. - August 26th 2015, 07:57 PM

Hey Sarah, I actually wrote out something for you but I accidentally pressed back and well it got deleted. I'll come back to you though and rewrite it in a few. Hang in there.

Hey Sarah,
While I've never been on medication, I can relate to the lack of motivation. I find setting myself a schedule to be helpful. Also to keep up energy levels during the day, it is important to make sure you sleep, eat, and exercise in a balanced way. Something I find helpful with spending too much time on the internet is writing out a list of things I must get done in priority order then shutting off all the electronics. The idea here is that if you have what a list of exactly what you need to do before you shut off distractions, you wouldn't waste time trying to figure that out.

You may also want to rule out any medical conditions that would cause fatigue. Fatigue/lethargy and lack of motivation can be confused for each other. Make sure that this isn't related to an underlying medical condition.

Lack of motivation doesn't have to do with having nothing to do. It has to do with lack of anything meaningful to do. You said you enjoyed reading in the past. A common symptom of depression is losing interest. Maybe you can start with rereading a favorite book. Alternatively you can make it a habit to try something new, whether it is a hobby or exploring a new part of town. New experiences, whether small or big is a great way to refresh your motivation.

I am sorry your therapist and psychiatrist haven't been helpful. Is it at all possible to switch out and find new ones? I say this because the reason you even sought therapy was to be listened to and to work on issues and if that's not what you're getting out of it, maybe it is best to look elsewhere. If you feel sticking with these two are worth it then I suggest to have a talk and mention that lack of motivation is the side effect of medication. You deserve to be fully made aware of medication side effects and treatment should include how to manage these side effects.

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