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How do I know if I'm depressed or just lazy or unmotivated?

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Last Updated: 06/02/2021 at 2:57am
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May 1st, 2016 1:22am
Depression does that to you. The key is to keep trying. Every time you falter and feel lazy try to do just a little something.
June 26th, 2016 6:51pm
No matter how lazy a person may be, some tasks bring us a feeling of happiness or satisfaction that we are always willing to do. Small, simple tasks such as eating a meal or talking to our friends are examples of something that a lazy person is still happy do without much motivation. Depression, on the other hand, can make such tasks seem daunting and the things that may once have brought us joy can seem like a chore.
June 29th, 2016 11:14am
When you can not control your thoughts and moods and nothing else is working. When you do not want to eat, or go to family events, or you can not do your daily routine.
July 2nd, 2016 4:08am
Thank you for asking this question! People with depression often become unmotivated not because they want to but because they cannot make themselves do things as hard as they may try. Depression is a complicated mental illness that goes far deeper than motivation. Extremely lazy people lack motivation but the capacity to be motivated is easier than someone with depression. They just need to find the right passion and help to become motivated. Hopefully this helps :)
July 24th, 2016 6:46pm
Being lazy is choosing not to do something because, although you know it's important and you should do it, it isn't important enough to you at that point in time. Being unmotivated is choosing not to do something because you don't wish to do it. And it's totally okay to feel lazy or unmotivated about certain things. But being depressed goes beyond not wanting to, or not bothering to; when you're depressed, you can't. You just can't. It doesn't make any sense and it's frightening and frustrating. But you can't. Depression is not a choice, and you can't always pick yourself up out of depression by your own efforts. It's okay to reach out for help when you need it--in fact, it's probably more difficult to reach out than to remain stagnant. But you can always reach out, and when you do, there will always be someone there.
May 7th, 2015 11:28pm
I understand what you are going through right now. That is for a therapist to decide but if you h ave a feeling something isn't right then stick to your instincts that you are most likely depressed.
March 31st, 2016 6:12pm
Well if you are just lazy it wouldn't bother you that you are not unmotivated , it will be I"I just don't wanna do it and that's it " otherwise the unmotivated person will also have some other feelings like sadness , over thinking , anxious ect
April 8th, 2016 5:45pm
Try to find other symptoms of depression in yourself. Do you feel sad for long periods of time? Do you feel hopeless? The list goes on, but if you don't, then you make just be an extremely lazy person. (Join the club.)
February 5th, 2018 4:33pm
You'll have to have a proper diagnosis done if you want find out that you are depressed or not.If you think that you don't want to do anything even if you can that means you're being lazy but in case you feel that you can't do anything then you are demotivated.But at times you feel lazy just because you are demotivated.I won't say lazy but tired.It's okay if you are just being lazy or are demotivated,if you're feeling low,you need to do something about it.
April 1st, 2016 5:31am
You could have lost the enthusiasm and zest for living life as it is. You might not be able to look at things positively.
October 4th, 2016 1:27pm
Long-term feelings are usually a wake-up call to something else than "simply laziness and lack of motivation".
March 27th, 2016 9:13pm
I think there is quite a large difference of being apathetic because you are lazy and when you're depressed. I think that when you are depressed, you have a physically heavy feeling on your mind, making it difficult to want to do anything. A lot of depressed people have trouble actually getting out of bed because of that heavy feeling. You can feel tired and lethargic, thus making you not want to do anything. If you're being lazy, I guess you feel mentally well and you don't have that heavy feeling.
April 8th, 2016 1:22pm
Only a doctor can diagnose you with depression but look up the symptoms of depression. If you are concerned call your doctors.
April 28th, 2016 1:52pm
Most of the time a really depressed person will call him/her slef lazy and worthless .. Feeling guilty of the things they just can not get to.. A lazy person have time for nothing..
January 25th, 2015 7:46am
Laziness is a value judgment. However, some people have little desire to do things and they're happy that way. Others do not. If you are unhappy with the way your life is, lack of motivation can be one of many signs of depression.
March 26th, 2016 11:27am
There are lots of other factors to consider when looking at depression, if you are displaying other symptoms of it, you are most likely depressed rather than lazy.
May 1st, 2016 9:28pm
Fatigue can be a sympom of depression, see a GP they will talk to you and tell you if it is a case of depression or not
May 13th, 2016 11:53am
No motivation comes with depression. Think about how long you've felt unmotivated. Have you felt unmotivated for a long time now? Or just since you started feeling sad? Don't stress about it too much either. It's okay to feel unmotivated because you're depressed. You just have to push through it, or a better way to say it, walk through it.
May 29th, 2016 4:42am
When I felt depressed ,I knew that i had the potential to achieve and desire to excel but i could sense there are some blocking elements .it is not laziness
June 8th, 2016 2:32am
In my experience. If you are lazy you WANT to sit around and do something, like take a nap, or watch TV, or play video games. If you are depressed, however, you aren't satisfied doing anything. Going out doesn't make you happy, but neither does staying in. Often times depressed people just end up sitting and doing nothing or sleeping because they have no desire whatsoever to do anything.
June 10th, 2016 11:18pm
With depression, it does not feel so much like the lazy "I don't want to get up" feeling. Depression makes you feel worse than that, it feels like everything is dragging you down, not allowing you to do anything. The world seems dull and simple tasks feel like running a marathon, even getting up the strength to brush your teeth can effect you.
July 6th, 2016 4:29am
I think if you're worried about this issue it might suggest that depression is the root of the issue. If you find that you want to be productive and proactive, but feel completely unable to, it's likely depression.
July 24th, 2016 2:15pm
Depression is when it seems impossible to force yourself to do things, not just like it's difficult. It's also always wanting to avoid interaction because it just seems like more trouble than it's worth.
December 29th, 2017 6:46pm
How do you know if your depressed or just lazy? Well being lazy is just being not interested and not wanting to do much like cleaning your room, chores, ect. Being lazy might be just wanting to play game that take much energy and still make you amused or entertained, this can be video games, TV, ect. Depression is when the things that you would like to do you just feel like you cant or you wont do it even if you want to do it. I hope this might of helped! :)
June 12th, 2015 10:19pm
When you reach the point that you feel like there is no point in doing things anymore and even if you want to change you feel like it's physically impossibe to perform tasks, then you might depressed. Without a professional, it can be hard to know for sure, but when life has lost it's meaning and there is such a mental block that performing that activity feels like running a marathon, then you might be depressed. Do remember though that depression can be different for everyone and it is best to seek the help of a professional if you feel like you might have depression, as they are trained to diagnose and treat you.
March 24th, 2016 7:52am
first you have to examine your emotions, if you have willingness to do something but your thoughts creates bad feelings and stops you from undertaking the action than you are in depression. This could be overcome by working on self development, and changing your thoughts and belief system
April 27th, 2016 8:10am
Because you are asking for help a lazy person would not reach out to someone. I'm hear to listen and help you.
May 19th, 2016 4:45am
You're unmotivated, but that doesn't mean you're lazy, it could mean that you're just depressed. You're depressed because of your lack of motivation.
May 20th, 2016 3:12pm
Well, if your tired-out feelings are accompanied by a hollow feeling and are fairly constant, it's likely depression.
May 22nd, 2016 9:37pm
We are all "lazy" from time to time. It is when we feel upset and we avoid doing things that we must pay more attention. If our negative feelings are impacting our lives then it's time to reach out to someone.