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I am unmotivated and sad frequently and ignore potential important consequences because I can't make any effort. Am i sick?

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Last Updated: 05/18/2020 at 11:35pm
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February 6th, 2018 8:01pm
What you're describing sounds very similar to depression. Depression is very much an illness, and there are treatment options. Try to focus on what you did do day-to-day vs what you didn't do. You can pull through this dark, heavy thing. For certainty and treatment options, you may want to try to contact a Healthcare professional, but I know that is difficult to pursue when it's hard enough to get of bed. In the meantime, 7cups is here for you. Remember that you do matter, that these feelings do not represent forever, and that you are not alone in this. Good luck!
October 31st, 2016 5:32pm
You might certainly have depression. It can mild or severe and everything in between but most usually manifests itself in the symptoms described. Demotivation is a classic alarm bell; depression sucks the life and fun out of everything. If you feel like everything is an effort, you have no desire to do anything you used to do and you don't particularly want to socialise with anyone make an appointment with your Dr as soon as you can. There are many, many ways of addressing this issue and it's important to get a diagnosis in the short term.
October 25th, 2016 9:11pm
No, not at all! Find something that you love, and use that as energy to get stuff done. You shine, rakkaani!
November 13th, 2017 4:17pm
No i am not sick. Depression is a monster when it comes to motivation and can eat all of it up at once, leaving you with nothing left to strive for.
February 27th, 2018 6:28am
iIt could be that you’re dealing with depression. I wouldn’t say you’re sick but I think it would be a good idea to talk to a therapist or a counselor. I feel like this really frequently and I know it can be really hard to handle. Something that has helped me is having my best friend or sister come over and watch movies, stupid YouTube videos, relentlessly eat junk and comfort food (my depression episode go to is gummy bears! Yum!) and reminisce on funny things from our past. You’d be surprised how much it helps. If you don’t have anybody that can come over you can always call somebody or do this on your own (it has helped me on my own when I just don’t feel up to company.) I wish you the best and hope that this helps. Please feel better! ❤️
April 9th, 2018 7:32pm
There are many aspects to consider when trying to decide how to deal with those types of feelings. One of them is the length of time you have been dealing with them. Another is your ability to bounce back when you are feeling that way. It is important to know that there are people who want to support you, whether that is your parents, friends, a doctor, people from your school or work, or others. If you are worried about the way you feel physically, would you tell someone? Hopefully the answer is yes. I do not believe it should be any different when you are worried about your mental or emotional state. There are illnesses and chemical happenings that can cause sadness and loss of motivation. If you are worried, let someone know so that you can work together to find out what might be causing it and how to get you feeling better.
August 13th, 2018 6:19am
while i am not a professional, it sounds like you might have depression, i suggest going to a doctor to try and get diagnosed (if thats a possibility)
May 18th, 2020 11:35pm
It could be that you’re showing signs of depression. Often when I’m depressed the first thing I let go of is aspects of self care, eating becomes difficult, looking at myself in the mirror becomes difficult, and it can be really easy just to ignore those things. Being unmotivated is okay it’s about listening to what your body wants at the time it needs it. Don’t let guilt force you into a vicious cycle of activity. Try taking a day where you do nothing- a zero day, and turning it into a one day, do some laundry, make some toast, tidy up your desk. See how it makes you feel. If engaging in these micro tasks does little to alleviate the feelings of unmotivation try reaching out to someone.