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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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June 16th, 2016 2:20am
You need to ask yourself why you feel this loss of interest! Depression comes with many other symptoms and it's important to get to the bottom of what is causing these feelings. Is it only dreaded tasks that are being avoided or is it the things that were once enjoyed that are being pushed off as well? Asking yourself these questions can help you get to the bottom of your problem.
July 1st, 2016 3:30pm
i'm feeling anxiety , cant focus my mind of something, those thing that used to entertain me dosent seem entertaining anymore
July 7th, 2016 11:47pm
Are you experiencing any other symptoms of depression? If you are, your lack of motivation may be more due to depression than general laziness.
July 8th, 2016 7:56pm
loss of motivation is definitely a symptom of depression. I guess to figure this out you would have to try and remember the kind of person you were before your depression really hit you. Were you motivated then? Inspired? Wanting to do things and get things done all the time? Having goals? etc. Or maybe you could talk to your GP and get on antidepressants, ones that work best for you ofcourse, and see how it works and affects you.
July 14th, 2016 11:49pm
I ask myself this question a lot. Is it because you are down about something, or do you feel like you can do it, but you just don't want to?
July 15th, 2016 10:35pm
In my experience, If you get up to do an activity or something else, (jogging, job hunting, coffee with a friend, etc.) Yet you're still have very negative thought.. feel like giving up or just wishing you were elsewhere?.. Is a sign you're unmotivated from depression.
July 20th, 2016 12:14pm
I think the difference between being depressed and being lazy is that when you're lazy you want to do something. You can fantasize about it yet you just can't bring yourself to do it
July 24th, 2016 1:27pm
Well are you sad or tired? Sad you are most likely more depressed and tired more just being lazy and unmotivated.
April 8th, 2016 4:05pm
Sometimes you just have those kind of days, where you just don't want to do anything at all. Its ok get active.
April 9th, 2016 8:43pm
That's a hard one. If you're waking up and feeling unmotivated even after a good rest then maybe it's because of depression. If you used to be very active or interested in something and you've lost interest or motivation to do it then it is most likely from depression.
May 1st, 2016 1:14am
The reason for you not doing things will probably make it clear, if you're a lazy person your reasoning for being unmotivated is usually just because you "can't be bothered" and that only. However if you're depressed it'll be more like "is there really a point" and you start to question why you'd want to do something and probably relate those reasons for not doing it with something negative about yourself. For example if you're unmotivated to go to the cinema and watch a film for go out and play a sport you might think something along the lines of "is there any point no one really wants me there". You could just not be bothered because you're depressed since you don't usually care about much when you're depressed but somehow I hope this has helped and just try your best not to be lazy if that's something negative you see about yourself.
May 6th, 2016 7:40pm
Well, usually if you are depressed you may be unmotivated by things you used to love. If you are lazy, you probably would only be unmotivated to do things you didn't particularly enjoy. If you still enjoy life and like sleeping or relaxing, and therefore can't feel unmotivated, then you are probably being a bit lazy. But that's okay, I'm a lazy person myself! :)
May 11th, 2016 7:09am
Theres signs to depression. You'll look at this motivation as worthless, while calling yourself lazy
May 17th, 2016 1:13am
Depression can show up in ways we don't expect—and sometimes, if we've been living with the symptoms long enough, we can assume it's your version of normal. If you're concerned that this might be an issue, consult a professional to evaluate what you might need to help you!
May 22nd, 2016 1:40am
It may mean you are depressed if recent events have happened that might make you sad. If your feeling particularly sad about anything it might mean you are depressed, and not just feeling lazy.
June 11th, 2016 3:45am
Collect your feelings, and evaluate them- do you hate talking to to people, or do you hate the thought of putting up the effort towards it? Think about things like that.
May 20th, 2019 3:08am
Chances are if you really have the wish to do more and you're genuinely trying but still falling short or unable to make things happen, it's not just laziness. With laziness there's a real, 'I just can't be bothered' energy to it. A lack of motivation is a possibility but if you're being affected in other ways, such as your mood, distancing yourself from others, struggling to get out of bed or face the day, an apathetic outlook on life, when things you once enjoyed or were excited by are no longer of interest, depression is worth considering. I can't remember who said this, but a celebrity mentioned that he realised he was depressed cause he was walking down the road and witnessed a bad car collision and it didn't spark a reaction in him. I think you know, deep down, if you're just lazy or unmotivated. Depression is debilitating.
March 3rd, 2020 4:50pm
I believe it has a lot to do with attitude. If you are having a desire to do something, but you feel hurt that you feel as if you can't get it accomplished or like you don't know where to even begin.... then you may be battling some depression. If you are wanting and desiring something to be done or to accomplish something new, but don't genuinely care if it happens in your life anytime soon or not. You probably feel it doesn't actively effect you, you may just need some motivation and self commitment to push yourself to do it.
April 6th, 2020 9:00pm
If you started to give up on things easily, or does not enjoy stuff you normally enjoy, you may also feel lack of motivations to things that you normally feel excited about. You may have a feeling of sadness all the time and do not know why. You may not be taking care of your self as good as you use to , you may neglect yourself and others. A feeling of hopelessness is also a symptom Appetite or weight changes Sleep changes either insomnia or Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things. There may also be substance abuse
June 2nd, 2021 2:57am
When you have depression, you won't feel like doing things even if you love them. You'll avoid any activity that'll involve meeting people and things like that. You'll procrastinate even on things you love. It's very different from laziness, where you just don't want to do things you dislike. When I had depression, I disliked literally everything. I couldn't even do things I liked like cooking and drawing. I couldn't even wake up in the morning and I had poor appetite. I know it's not easy but stay strong, and believe in yourself. Don't keep your feelings to yourself. Consulting a professional is a good idea if you think you may be depressed.