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Everything You Need To Know About Apathy and How To Overcome It

Apathy can make your life feel grey and meaningless. On this website you will learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of Apathy. Get the Definite Guide to Overcome Apathy now for FREE!

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Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Symptoms of Apathy

Apathy is a lack of feeling, emotion, interest, and concern. It’s a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as excitement, motivation or passion.

An apathetic individual has an absence of interest or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical, or physical life and the world.

The apathetic person may lack a sense of purpose or meaning in their life. An apathetic person may also exhibit insensibility or sluggishness.

Apathy literally means "without feeling" and it should be distinguished from reduced affect, which refers to reduced emotional expression but not necessarily reduced emotion.

Causes of Apathy

Apathy is a natural response to disappointment, dejection, and stress.​

Apathy is something that all people face in some capacity. It’s a natural response to disappointment, dejection, and stress, but a long-lasting apathy should be taken seriously.

There are multiple causes that might lead to apathy, for example:

- Major life change (health problem, unemployment, moving, relationship changes)

- Being bored, or worn down, by tedious daily routines that it seems there’s nothing to look forward to

- Perceiving no challenge at all (e.g. the challenge is irrelevant to you)

- Thoughts of inferiority, incompetency or worthlessness

- Fear of failure or rejection

Apathy may also be a sign of more specific mental disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's or Dementia.

Learn more about Causes of Apathy & Relationship to Depression.

Treatment of Apathy

There are many practical things you can to about your apathy.

Medication has not been effective in treating Apathy but many non-pharmacological interventions like cognitive stimulation, music therapy, pet therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have been found successful.

According to clinical psychologist Leon F. Seltzer, Ph.D. the first thing, and the most important one, is to change your mindset. Regardless of what initially caused you to feel (or un-feel) so unmotivated and careless, it’s your present-day outlook on it that now keeps you stuck.

While we agree with Dr. Seltzer this being the priority, changing your mindset, unfortunately, is a lot easier said than done. Mindset change from apathy is extremely difficult since you’re not motivated to do so.

The way we (and others who have overcome apathy) see it, a mindset change is actually a result of simple actions. You might not be able to change your mindset on day 1, but after doing some changes in your daily life, your mind will follow.

Overcoming and treating Apathy is a process, and taking action is the actual first step.

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- Change your routines or create new ones. Start getting up earlier and taking a walk, even if you don’t feel like it. Your mind will follow quickly and you’ll start to enjoy it little by little. The more you complete tasks or exercise, the more your brains will activate and your reward system will start producing feel-good hormones.

- Take some distance from your daily life. Travel alone to some distant place and get exposed to new cultures: this will activate your brain in a completely new way.

- Try new hobbies, a new restaurant, or meet new people. Change and action is everything - if you keep doing what you’re doing, how can you expect a change?

- Professional help. Therapy is one of the most effective ways to resolve your inner conflicts. You shouldn’t feel intimidated by therapy - therapist do not judge and they only help you to access the thoughts you can’t access yourself. If you don’t feel like talking to a therapist face-to-face, there are new (and cheaper) ways you can get professional help.

- Bibliotherapy. Bookshelves are full of self-help (or self-improvement) books that can actually make a difference. Bibliotherapy has been found effective in treating syndromes like apathy and depression and it can be as effective as expensive therapy.

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