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Lack of Motivation due to Depression

Medically reviewed by: Dr. Peck
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Lack of motivation is often associated with depression. The reason behind could be anything that infuriates you or affects your self-confidence. For example, unending work load, multiple failures at your project attempts, or criticism despite your hard work. If a person is in depression, he does not feel excited about anything and constantly feels down. But the major issue with such a person is that he is not able to do anything that might help him. He becomes a negative vibe for people around him. No one wants to interact or collaborate with him because his personality has become so passive that if you spend time with him, you will feel like you are catching on to the negative energy he is releasing.

What are the symptoms of lack of motivation caused by depression?

When a person is feeling depressed due to some reason, he will experience the following things:
  • A feeling of tiredness all the time
  • Working half-heartedly or not working at all
  • Being pessimistic about all scenarios
  • Trying to escape from difficult situations
  • Thoughts about Self-harm

How is lack of motivation depression diagnosed?

  1. You procrastinate a lot. Procrastination is natural, but sometimes You cannot even get up and go for the most crucial tasks of your routine and delay it till the last moment. Then, you become stressed about it when the deadline is near.
  1. Sometimes, you get bored with your routine because you are not being inspired by what you do. You need a little change or maybe a bigger task to make you feel motivated.
  1. If you need to be clear about your decisions, otherwise, you give up in the middle. Your decision-making abilities shrink to a minimum when you do not want to progress. In situations like these, you have to be strong, and instead of finding favoring reason, just gather your nerves and go for it. These feelings will not stay for long.
  1. If you do not control your emotions, you will lose the battle with your nerves. Being too pressurized and stressed about your tasks can also be a bad thing to bring out the best in you. It could also become a significant obstacle and make you feel worse.

Where does lack of motivation come from?

There is more than one reason for the lack of motivation in people. It varies from person to person, depending on their situations and life experiences. Sometimes a person changes so much that if once he was known for being so diligent has now become the laziest in the group. What could be the possible reason for such a drastic change? There could be many possible reasons for the lack of motivation:
  • A few of us always need a little push before getting started. Usually, it is a habit developed in one’s childhood by their parents or teacher to make them do their tasks. But once you are out of that age, you do not care for the punishments or rewards like you used to do as a kid, so this method of motivation does not work for you, and yet you cannot figure it out on your own because you were trained to do stuff only by external stimulation and now you need a bigger fear or maybe a bigger reward. But that is not how life works, so you are stuck.
  • Some people always put others before themselves. Whether it is related to work or any social activities. Such people are easily influenced because they always want to be in the good books of everyone around them. This means they always try to make everyone happy, but they neglect themselves and their ambitions in the middle of this process. They are always busy doing stuff for others and are consumed physically and mentally, leaving no energy and motivation to focus on their goals.
  • Social media is also a significant cause of consuming your mental energy. A lot of your time is wasted if you start scrolling through posts that your friends and other people (influencers) are uploading. It takes your precious time away and puts you in a cage of comparing that everything with your life. It is a double kill that first, you are robbed of the time that you could have used to focus and work on your goals, plus you are depressed about not having the luxuries like others. So, start working on your ambitions and better not waste your time in front of the screen.

What are the treatment options for lack of motivation depression?

Lack of motivation is often related to the mental health instability of a person. This could be anything like anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions. If that is the case, it is better to treat the root cause of the problem.
  • Self-help books and self-helping practices such as healthy lifestyle and exercises are great options to cope with these problems.
  • You can also get help from a professional psychologist through therapy sessions to cope with your mental health problems.
  • Another option is using low-potency medications, e.g., anti-depressants and nervous stimulants, for better brain functioning, but only when prescribed by your psychiatrist.
  • Lastly, ketamine infusion therapyis a good option for chronic mental health illnesses (anxiety, Treatment-Resistant depression, OCD, PTSD). Therefore, it can also help such people if they lack motivation due to all those mental health issues. The success rate of ketamine treatment for depression is significantly higher than treating depression with the help of therapy and medications. And you will be provided with an optimum dose of the ketamine infusion for depression since it is provided according to a customized treatment plan as per your needs. 

What are the side effects of the treatments for lack of motivation depression?

Treating depression with the help of anti-depressant medications can have serious side effects if one keeps using them for a long time. Therefore, it is a strict requirement by the FDA that all the anti-depressants and other prescription drugs carry a label with Black Box Warnings. This is a list of some serious or even life-threatening side effects caused by these medications.  

Some common side effects of anti-depressant medications are:

  • Feeling agitated and short-tempered
  • Mood swings
  • Brain fog
  • Stomach issues such as diarrhea, constipation, or irregular bowel movements
  • Irregular sleep cycle

The adverse effects of these medications could be

  • Severe drug dependence, which leads to constantly increasing the drug dose, thereby more risk of drug toxicity in the patient’s body
  • Drug abuse or addiction
  • Symptoms relapse in case of not taking the medication on time
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Certain anti-depressants such as fluoxetine and amitriptyline can lead to acute renal failure

How to motivate someone with depression?

Sometimes, it is not easy for a patient to do everything independently. He needs help from somebody else. If a person in your family is going through such a complex phase, spend time with him, listen to him and his difficulties, and try to understand and help him out of it.  

Bottom line:

If you are experiencing a lack of motivation due to your depression and it is not getting any better despite trying medications, you should try ketamine therapy to treat the root cause. At Nepenthe Wellness Center, we offer the most satisfying ketamine services to our customers to help them cope with their depression symptoms. Contact us for a free consultation with our specialists to learn about our ketamine services and if you are a suitable candidate for this treatment!