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Treatment of Apathy


Apathy is considered as a Disorder of Diminished Motivation (DDM). In literature, apathy has received less attention than depression, and while there are overlapping symptoms, it is important to distinguish the differences in treatment.



Medication


There aren’t many medications that have shown efficacy in treating apathy. Assuming that apathy is associated with a decrease in dopaminergic transmission it has been hypothesized that dopamine-boosting treatments may be effective in treating apathy.


Apathy does not respond to antidepressive treatment and indeed have been reported that antidepressive treatment in some cases increases the intensity of apathy.



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Treatment Strategy for Apathy



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Apathy Treatment Process


The effective treatment of apathy demands a thorough assessment of all the possible reasons for diminished motivation. Tips for effective treatment as follows:


1. Identify and, where possible, treat the underlying causes of apathetic symptoms


You should try to identify what has caused you to feel apathetic. Your apathy might be a result of a major change in life, health problem, stress at work, unmotivating goals or having no goals at all.


Your apathy might also be a symptom of some other mental illness like Depression, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease. Please consult your psychiatrist if you are experiencing symptoms of other mental diseases.


Check out the Symptoms & Causes -page to see examples of usual causes of apathy.



2. Determine the sensory and environmental contributors to apathy


Are you experiencing fewer stimuli in your living environment than before? Do you remember a time when you were enjoying life, having dreams and even following your passions? Did something happen and when was that? What changed?


Reflecting on your past is an important part of finding the cause. Determining whether something in your environment is causing you to feel apathetic helps you take control back.


When you recognize the cause that is contributing to your apathy (and most likely keeping you in apathy) you can do something about it.



3. Identify your social functioning


Major changes in life may cause apathy. These might include a break-up, changes in relationship with your family or friends, or social isolation.


Also positive and neutral changes might lead to apathy. Having a child or having your children move out for the first time can cause you to feel apathetic.


Remember, apathy is also the mind’s response to too much emotion (or learned suppression of emotion) so the feeling, or the life change, doesn’t have to be a negative one.


Any new situation can cause you to feel down and it can lead to apathy.



4. Make changes in your life and routines


According to Dr. Leon F. Seltzer regardless of what caused you to feel so unmotivated and indifferent, it’s your present-day outlook on it that now keeps you stuck.


Changing your outlook is easier said than done, but what you CAN do is change your environment, routines, work or even relationships.


Now, we’re not telling you to quit your job, move to France, starting to run marathons or leave your spouse but something has to change.


If you’re not changing anything in your life, your mind is not going to change either. Professional help makes change easier, but in order to make long-lasting changes, you’re going to have to take some personal action and make changes in your life. You don’t want to let your surroundings and “old life” pull you down again.


For you to put apathy away for good, you must make sure your life doesn’t invite it back.


Best outcomes are achieved through reflection, professional help (therapy/counseling) and taking action.



Taking action


There are countless alternative ways to spice up your life and start the change. The most important step is to take action because no one else can do it for you. And as painful it is to tell you this, your life depends on it.


Living a numb and grey life without passion or feelings is not what humans were meant to do - we need excitement, drive, sorrow, and laughter. That’s what life is supposed to be.


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