What to do if you don’t want to do anything? Causes and treatment of apathy

Often many people are faced with indifference to any matters. This is the norm until apathy sets in towards everything. This condition is considered pathological and requires treatment from a psychologist. In these cases, it is necessary to find out: why the apathy occurred, what to do if you don’t want anything, how to deal with the problem? Only a specialist can answer these questions. After all, apathy is a psychological syndrome. If left untreated, complications may develop. The most common of these is depression. And it is a serious illness that requires hospital treatment.

What it is

The state when you don’t want to do anything is called apathy in psychology. Every person has moments when it is very difficult to force himself to make any effort. This is a natural phenomenon and may be caused by temporary fatigue. But if it becomes difficult to wake up in the morning, carry out basic self-care and do usual activities, then this is no longer normal. Apathy can and should be fought.

This condition can occur in two forms:

  1. Apathy with loss of desires. A person does not set any goals, he has no interest in life and dreams. Everything seems empty and meaningless. This is the most complex version of apathy, requiring the help of a psychologist.
  2. Loss of will and motivation. In this case, a person is able to set various goals for himself. But it is very difficult for him to make any effort to carry out his plans. He feels tired and lacks physical and moral strength.

The answer to the question of what to do if you don’t want to do anything will depend on the circumstances that provoked the apathy. To understand them, you need to carefully analyze your lifestyle. In most cases, the lack of desires, will and motivation is due to psychological reasons. However, in some situations, medical attention may be required.

Picture of the world.

I wrote a separate article about this and once again I want to note that how you see the world on key issues will depend on your mood, happiness, and amount of energy.

Detailed article about this at the link: how to change your life

In what light do you see this world? How do you imagine the meaning of your life? Who are you in this world? What is your purpose? What is your nature?

The answers to the above questions are the foundation of your life. Whatever the answers are, such is life.

Natural causes

The state of apathy can have different causes. Most often it is associated with a person’s lifestyle and characteristics of his character. Loss of desire and motivation can be caused by the following circumstances:

  • fatigue and overwork;
  • monotonous life;
  • ordinary laziness;
  • lack of self-confidence;
  • impatience and desire to achieve quick results;
  • emotional burnout;
  • frequent stress.

If apathy is provoked by the above factors, then a person can cope with this condition on his own. If you have any difficulties, you should consult a psychologist. A doctor's help is not required in this case. Next, we will look at methods of combating apathy, depending on its origin.

Fatigue and overwork

Most often, the state of not wanting anything is the result of extreme fatigue. Official duties, household chores, and the perception of a large amount of information take a lot of energy from a person. If you constantly deny yourself the necessary rest, then sooner or later your strength will be depleted. Apathy and indifference to everything sets in.

What to do if you don’t want to do anything? If this condition occurs due to fatigue, then you can try to overcome apathy in the following ways:

  1. Give your brain a rest. Often a person comes home after work and immediately turns on the TV or computer. However, while watching TV shows and news on the Internet, the brain does not rest. At this moment, active perception of information occurs. Such a pastime also requires serious expenditure of energy. If you feel tired after a working day, it is better to take a short walk, take a bath with aromatic oils, or do yoga or meditation. This will allow your nervous system to rest and recover.
  2. Make your dream come true. Every person has unfulfilled desires. In psychology, it is believed that dreams that are not realized in life also take away energy. Try to remember what you dreamed of as a child. Maybe you wanted to make some nice purchase or go on a trip. Make your childhood dream come true. This is an effective and enjoyable method of overcoming apathy.
  3. Get rid of grudges. Negative emotions take a lot of strength from a person. Try to forgive the offenders, even if it is very difficult to do. You will no longer have to waste energy on unpleasant experiences.
  4. Save your energy. Often, during a period of fatigue, a person forces himself to work even more. However, this only makes the problem worse. It is necessary to distinguish between ordinary laziness and exhaustion of strength. The moral and physical state of a person is subject to cyclical changes. Episodes of apathy are usually followed by periods of activity. If you feel tired, then you need to conserve your strength. You will need them for active activities in the future.

There are cases when a person works so much that he regularly lacks sleep and eats poorly. Sooner or later, this work regime leads to overwork, which can negatively affect health.

Under no circumstances should you neglect your natural needs for food and sleep. Often people during periods of overwork complain that they don’t want anything at all. This is a sign of exhaustion of the nervous system. You urgently need to normalize your daily routine and diet, otherwise you are not far from serious problems with physical and mental health.

Establish a healthy sleep routine

Sleep and the nervous system are directly related to each other. Scientists have proven that lack of sleep can negatively affect a person’s cognitive abilities, reduce overall brain performance, cause irritation, apathy, and indifference to what is happening. Longer periods of sleep deprivation can provoke increased anxiety and depression.

A person needs to sleep 7-8.5 hours a day - this time will be enough for various parts of the brain to rest. No less important is what time you fall asleep. Daytime sleep will never replace sleep at night. If you work night shifts, it is better to change jobs with a normal schedule.

The best time to go to bed is considered to be from 10 pm to 11 pm. If sleep starts later, for example after midnight, this will prevent the brain from getting enough time for deep sleep. It is in this phase that the nervous system is restored.

If you cannot fall asleep before the recommended time, read the article: How to quickly fall asleep and get enough sleep?


If a person has to constantly do monotonous and routine work, then sooner or later he gets tired of it. After all, every day he has to perform the same tasks. There comes a moment when a person feels that he has no strength and does not want to do anything.

How to be in this case? The following techniques will help you add variety to your daily activities:

  1. A change of scenery. Move your workspace to another office. If this is not possible, then change the arrangement of objects on the table. Changing your environment will give you a feeling of newness.
  2. Change the way you operate. If you constantly work at a computer, then take a pen and a piece of paper. Write down your work plan. This will add some variety to your activities.
  3. Change the order of actions. For example, you are used to doing some things in the morning and others in the evening. Change your usual daily routine. Move to the second half of the day everything you usually do in the morning.
  4. Be physically active. A morning jog or gymnastics before the workday promotes vigor and activity.
  5. Rest. Try not doing any activity for a few hours. After this, return to your daily duties. Usually, after a short pause, a person gets down to work with pleasure.

How to increase energy, get rid of loss of strength, fatigue using psychological methods

Find something you like

Now it has become fashionable to suggest getting rid of your unloved job. Instead, it is advisable to find an activity that you really enjoy. And then, “you will never have to go to work again.” The great Confucius said this.

This recommendation is very interesting and correct, I think. However, as usual, for every piece of advice you need a few more. Precisely in order to understand “how to complete the main one.” And then the question is: what will help us here?

Remember what you liked to do as a child.

Our childhood favorite activities don't just appear in our children's lives. Even, I would say, many doors are open, a lot is available. However, your favorite is chosen.

This is explained by the fact that initially the child has certain inclinations by nature. Such as: type of temperament, leading modality, predominant type of thinking - right-hemisphere or left-hemisphere (creativity or rationalism). That is why children choose their favorite game, unconsciously based on their natural abilities.

As an adult, even if we have gone down the path of unloved studies and work, we can always remember and revive our childhood hobbies.

Remember what you praised for in childhood

Just as in the previous paragraph, what matters is what was especially successful in childhood. The remarkable thing is that adults usually notice and talk about it. At the same time, the child himself may not attach any importance to this. And thus, already as an adult, he also continues to consider it “nothing special.”

What do you like now, what are your hobbies?

What do you like now? Why do you think you enjoy doing this? Also think about what psychological bonuses you get from this activity? Remember what you do well or even better than others?

All of the above questions come with an important caveat. Namely: answers like “lying on the couch watching a movie” are not accepted. Therefore, remember, we only need active activities. Precisely those that use your physical potential, your strong personality traits.


Very often, the cause of apathy is insufficient motivation. A person complains that he is too lazy to do everything and doesn’t want to do anything. At the same time, he can set various goals for himself, but he has no desire to make any efforts to achieve them.

In psychology, laziness is considered as a lack of volitional qualities. This greatly complicates a person’s life and prevents them from realizing their dreams and desires. How to overcome laziness and motivate yourself? The following techniques can be used:

  1. Make a plan. If you need to complete a task, write down the required procedure on paper. The plan must be drawn up in detail and step by step. After you complete a certain action, mark it on paper with a check mark. You will see the final goal getting closer and closer thanks to your efforts.
  2. Picture your dreams. If you set a goal for yourself, then try to visualize it. Choose a picture or photo of your dream and hang it in a visible place. This will motivate you to take action.
  3. Make a list of achievements. Write down on paper all the important things that you have managed to accomplish in the past. Re-read it several times. This will create the necessary motivation. After all, if you were able to achieve achievements earlier, then it is quite possible for you to do it now.
  4. Do nothing for some time. Try turning off your TV, computer, and phone. Sit on a chair and do nothing. You will soon realize that it is very difficult to be in a state of complete idleness. After this, you will happily take on work that until recently seemed difficult.


When a person is not confident in his abilities, he gives up and does not want to do anything. Usually this condition occurs after failure. It becomes very difficult for a person to make decisions. After all, he does not believe that his efforts will lead to the desired result and is setting himself up for failure in advance.

Uncertainty and difficulty in making decisions take up a lot of energy. A person complains that he is constantly in a bad mood and doesn’t want anything.

How to help yourself in this situation? Psychologists advise writing down on paper all the important tasks that you need to solve. Then you should create a schedule for their implementation. Also describe step by step all possible ways to solve these problems. Think in advance about your plan of action in case of failure. You will be much less afraid of failure.

Understand your emotions

Try to understand your feelings; we can often confuse or even mix them up. In any case, no psychologist will help you if you yourself do not understand why it is difficult for you to receive satisfaction from life. Ask yourself:

  • Do I know exactly what is bothering me?
  • Is it possible to solve this issue?
  • If not, how can I change my attitude towards what is happening?
  • Am I feeling tired or sad?
  • Am I more angry or frustrated?

Feelings may be mixed, in which case try to write them down. After reading them, you will be able to assess your condition yourself. Often, people who previously posted on social networks realized years later, thanks to reading old posts, that they were depressed.


There are times when a person wants to achieve the desired result as quickly as possible. However, he faces unexpected difficulties. As a result, apathy sets in and you want nothing. For example, a person decided to lose weight. He goes on a diet and leads an active lifestyle. However, the extra pounds come off very slowly. With low motivation and lack of will, a person feels apathy and stops making any efforts to combat excess weight.

Not all problems can be solved quickly. Making your wish come true may require a lot of effort. You should not fall into apathy at the first failures. Remember that the more work you put into solving a problem, the more valuable the result will be.

If something doesn’t work out for you right away, then this is not a reason to refuse to complete the task. Analyze your way of doing things. Perhaps you should consider alternative ways to achieve your dreams. Consider the difficulties that arise as useful life experience and will training.

You are busy with something other than your own business, you are not in the plane of your destiny.

This may well be the case. Often we decide to engage in any type of activity not because we want to do it, but because we want its fruits or with the help of this type of activity we are trying to get rid of fears.

The prestige of the activity, the opportunity to travel, passive income, planned good profits... All these messages make us go against ourselves. Our essence wants one thing, and we believe that life requires another, but it’s not life that demands, but we decided that it is impossible to do otherwise.

I recently wrote an article about how to find your purpose. I recommend reading it.


If a person experiences a stressful situation, it can bring both benefit and harm. For example, you need to complete important work on time. In this case, the central nervous system is mobilized, and the brain works much more productively than usual. Such stress helps to increase performance and improve memory.

But if a stressful situation drags on, the brain becomes overtired from constant stress. A person feels very tired and doesn’t want anything. This causes great harm to mental and physical health. Prolonged stress leads to a loss of joy and a negative perception of the future.

After difficult experiences, a person may lose interest even in his favorite activities. There comes a state when you don’t want to do anything. What to do, how to recover from prolonged stress? Psychologists give the following recommendations:

  1. Don't dwell on your feelings. Often people constantly remember a stressful situation. This forces them to experience negative emotions again and again, which take a lot of energy. Let go of past experiences and do not return to them. Don't reproach or blame yourself for failures.
  2. Talk to people who have already experienced a similar situation. For example, you lost your favorite job and feel sad and anxious about it. Talk to a person who was also fired, but found a way out of this situation. This will tell you the right decision.
  3. Give yourself some rest. Maintain a proper sleep schedule and try to get healthy sleep. This will help you recover from stress.
  4. Don't try to predict events. In a state of stress, the future is seen exclusively in black colors. This puts a person in a negative mood. Try to live only for today for a while and solve everyday problems. When your state of mind is normal, make a plan for your future actions and follow it.

How to restore vital energy, increase the strength to live and work

Understand what, who and how steals life energy

Stop the outflow of energy there! And she leaves:

Former, former

I think it’s no secret to anyone that, without letting go of a past relationship, we nourish our ex-partner on a mental level. And at the same time, we can dream that “he thinks about me”, since I cannot forget him. However, alas, this is not the case.

Much more often, he (she) has been living his new life for a long time. Thus, your thoughts and feelings turn into a stream of energy that flies towards him and fuels him.

The most important thing is to understand: if the horse is dead, get off!

Therefore, it is a great exercise to break the connection. Esotericists consider him theirs. But it actually comes from NLP and imagery therapy.

Its essence is this: imagine it and yourself. And there is a connection between you. This could be a rope or a chain. Or something else. In this case, the task is to mentally imagine this connection as vividly as possible. And then - destroy. In other words, tear, burn, cut, cut forever.

Ex-energy outflow

2.Negative feelings

Firstly, there are unprocessed traumas here. Secondly, unlived, unexpressed feelings. And it turns out that if all this was not contained (healed) in the right way, it will come back to haunt you. That's why there is no strength!

Here is the best option: work with a psychologist.

At the same time, one of the types of independent processing of negativity is this: first determine what kind of feeling it is. Then, give it a name. And then let it be. Then throw it out either with sports activity, or yell (into the pillow, not to the offender!)

Negative feelings


It has long been noted that unfinished business creates tension in the human psyche. This is the so-called “Zeigarnik effect,” when an unsolved problem prevents you from sleeping peacefully. Therefore, it steals energy.

Therefore, here the recommendations of psychologists come down to finding such tasks for you. And also analysis, “how much do you need it.” And, if necessary, finish it. And, if you don’t really need it, throw it away.

Improper work and rest schedule

Here, the most important thing is not traditional advice, but UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF AND YOUR LIMITS.

I specifically highlighted it in capital letters. Because it is so important to understand exactly what I am. Am I an Owl or a Lark? Introvert or extrovert? In addition, to understand what exactly does rest give me? Is it a dream, communication or adventure or something else?

So, ask yourself: Which mode seems best to me?

Because all people are different. Therefore, there are no universal recommendations, except one: listen to yourself

No forces. Work and rest schedule

5. Vampires, if they have sucked all the energy and therefore have no strength

Many people around us could be vampires. It is noteworthy that their strategy and tactics boil down to making you feel bad, or causing you a negative emotion. This means that if you feel bad, he feels better. But why do they do this?

Because these are traumatized, neurotic people. Moreover, they have not gone through the work on themselves. And the saddest thing is that they are not going to. Consequently, they have low self-esteem, various complexes and deviations.

And this low self-esteem itches in the soul and wants healing. Thus, having made someone unpleasant, these people feel a little better for a while.

First of all, advice with such people: stay away. And if this is impossible, then strictly maintain your boundaries.

Energetic vampire

No energy? How to gradually increase vital energy through different means

Loss of strength: what to drink. Energy pills

Important: you should start taking pills with:

  • Studying instructions
  • Doctor consultations
  • Pharmacist consultations
  • Studying contraindications

Gliatilin - a medicine to restore energy

This drug delivers choline to the brain. Thus, it restores brain cells and connections between them. As a result, overall well-being, memory, and concentration improve.

In addition, it regulates the neurotransmitters dopamine and glutamate. Therefore, mood improves, apathy and depression decrease.

Doppelhertz Active - medicines for loss of strength

Thanks to ginseng extract and B vitamins, it improves mood. Plus, it increases performance.

Vitus Energy - good pills for weakness

Quickly increases activity. However, it is not suitable for those who have increased excitability and because of this have trouble sleeping. Since it contains caffeine, taurine amino acid, succinic acid, guarana, B vitamins

Modern antidepressants of the latest generation

Prescribed only by a doctor. And accordingly, they are sold strictly according to the recipe.

For example, the best:

  • Fluoxetine;
  • Paxil;
  • Zoloft;
  • Cipralex;
  • Velaxin;
  • Duloxetine;

Vitamins for fatigue, if you have no strength - to increase energy

  • Alphabet Energy
  • Duovit
  • Selmevit
  • Vitrum Energy
  • Makrovit
  • Dynamisan
  • Multi-tabs asset
  • Apilak
  • Complivit
  • Pantocrine
  • Berocca Plus
  • In addition to the above-mentioned vitamin complexes, it is important to pay attention to B vitamins - they are the ones responsible in the body for the smooth functioning of the nervous system.
  • Vitamin D is also very important. Therefore, whenever possible in the autumn-winter period, when there is little sun, you need to be in the sun.

Medicines, pills for fatigue, loss of strength

Herbs to restore energy. Herbs for chronic fatigue and loss of strength

  • 1. Eleutherococcus
  • Increases mental and physical energy. Relieves stress. Especially, it strengthens the immune system. Also, stimulates brain function. Plus, it improves concentration. And, therefore, it increases mental and physical performance.
  • 2. Ginseng
  • Activates vital energy. It also increases the vigor of the soul and body. In addition, an important property is that it improves the delivery of oxygen to the brain and tissues. Due to this, an excellent invigorating effect and performance.
  • 3. Astragalus
  • Often used together with Eleutherococcus. Improves the functioning of the adrenal glands. Therefore, vitality improves.
  • 4. Nettle
  • A very versatile medicinal plant with many beneficial properties. It helps with fatigue by saturating the body with iron. Therefore, anemia goes away, and along with it fatigue. Also, it contains a large amount of vitamin C. It gives a good strengthening of the immune system.
  • 5. Ginger
  • Contains essential oils, resin acids, gingerol, which is responsible for the sharp and invigorating taste, vitamin C, iron, magnesium and calcium. That is, practically a vitamin complex. Thus, it increases physical and mental tone + immunity.
  • 6. Rosehip
  • Rosehip decoction contains a lot of vitamin C and essential oils. It is due to this that it helps to quickly bring oneself into a cheerful state. And, if you drink rose hips several times a day, you can get rid of depression and drowsiness.

Herbs for loss of strength, fatigue

No forces? What is there to have strength? Nutrition for a Vibrant Life

Products for low energy, including products for chronic fatigue

  1. Nuts, especially almonds and walnuts. Although, in general, all nuts are germs in essence. And therefore, initially they themselves contain enormous energy potential.
  2. Eggs. Just like nuts, they are a product - an embryo. In other words, Nature itself provides that the embryos contain powerful components of force and energy.
  3. Seeds. Sunflower, flax, sesame. By analogy with nuts and eggs, they are a source of the original energy of nature.
  4. Legumes. They are also seeds from which a plant later grows. Therefore, they contain enormous energy potential. When eaten, they fill us with strength. In addition, they contain a large amount of vegetable protein. Which is easily absorbed by the body and is a building material for all our cells.
  5. Berries. And , especially blueberries, raspberries . Contains vitamins and microelements. That is, practically everything necessary to restore the body. However, not recommended for allergies.

Nutrition products for fatigue and loss of strength

An ideal diet for chronic fatigue and loss of strength. Meals on time. Examples

Let's figure out what a diet is. And why is it so important for loss of strength and chronic fatigue.

The fact is that the body is a biological machine. It is programmed by the brain. And, for successful functioning, our body needs a clearly understood system of conditioned reflexes.

Consequently, eating at the same time reinforces the conditioned reflex reactions in the body that are necessary for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Thus, everything is simple: if the substance is well absorbed, then you feel great, vigorous and cheerful.

In this situation, in my opinion, two examples of a diet that lead to energy restoration are interesting:

Fractional Power Mode

Five times, at intervals of 2.5 - three hours. With it, breakfast is mandatory and includes proteins (of course!). In addition to them, complex (slowly breaking down) carbohydrates and healthy fats are required.

In addition to returning strength and vigor, this diet allows you to maintain or lose weight. This is achieved due to the uniform release of insulin throughout the day, without sudden surges. Namely, sharp jumps in insulin are responsible for the deposition of fat in problem areas.

How does it restore strength? The fact is that sudden surges of insulin lead to an immediate drop in blood sugar, which leads to lethargy, drowsiness, decreased performance and concentration. Accordingly, its uniformity throughout the day acts in exactly the opposite way.

Power mode: Interval, Japanese. Yoshinori Ohsumi Power Window

Its essence is this: narrow the “nutrition window” to eight hours a day. At the same time, it is better to eat from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Why? Because in the morning we produce the hormone cortisol, we have energy and appetite. And, after 16 hours, melatonin gradually builds up. Because the nervous system is preparing for sleep.

According to the idea of ​​this technique, if you eat in the evening, our internal clock gets lost. Thus, this leads to a general energetic imbalance of the entire organism with all the ensuing consequences.

There are reviews from those who switched to this system. Such people say that they have become more energetic. More precisely, due to the fact that “gasoline” is supplied precisely at the most energy-consuming time of day. Also, there is a general improvement in the state of health and the body. In addition, aging slows down.

For this discovery, Yoshinori Ohsumi received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2021

Power mode for energy

What drink gives energy when you have little strength and constant fatigue?

  1. Tea with ginger root. Better fresh
  2. Tea with ginseng and eleutherococcus
  3. Tea with lemon and honey. (Warning: do not put honey in hot tea. After all, it not only loses its beneficial properties, but also forms oxymethylfurfural - a carcinogen. Therefore, Honey - only as a bite! Or when barely warm).
  4. Water, regular clean drinking water 6 glasses per day
  5. Cocktails with an energy effect. For them, we mix the juices of 2-3-4 vegetable and fruit ingredients. For example, Apple-Berries-Parsley. Or Orange-Banana-Berry

The drink gives energy

Emotional burnout

This condition occurs in people whose work involves stress. Emotional burnout often occurs among doctors, teachers, and social workers. In prolonged stressful situations, the psyche tries to protect itself and “turns off” the emotional sphere. A person’s desires disappear, apathy sets in, and he doesn’t want anything. The employee becomes nervous, irritated and indifferent to his clients. He feels inner emptiness and fatigue.

What to do if you don’t want to do anything due to emotional burnout? Psychologists assess this condition as borderline between normal and pathological. If nothing is done, a person may develop psychosomatic diseases. The following measures will help cope with professional burnout:

  1. Take enough time to rest. Try not to think about work during weekends and vacations.
  2. Eliminate sweets, strong tea and coffee from your diet.
  3. In your free time, don’t overload your brain with too much information.
  4. Be physically active, take walks in the fresh air more often, and do not neglect morning exercises.
  5. Share your experiences with loved ones and friends. Don't keep your emotions to yourself.
  6. If necessary, take light sedatives based on medicinal herbs.
  7. If the state of emotional burnout does not go away for a long time, then seek help from a psychologist.

Do I have such moments?

OF COURSE they do! What am I doing? Two options: I’m looking for an activity that will work, or the SZIV method.

The first option is a change of activity and rest. Reading books, walking, playing sports, I do not fight the condition, but look for what the body wants. Where will the energy or inner peace go? As an artist looking for inspiration, I try to understand what I need at a given time.

There are times when I clearly understand that I need rest in nature, and sometimes I understand that I need to introduce creativity into my life, that I now need to trust life, circumstances and relax. Then thoughts, ideas come and action begins.

I try not to do it, just for the sake of doing it. You know, sometimes it seems that if you keep yourself busy with something, exhaust yourself and get tired, then the problem will go away and it really will go away due to the fact that you simply don’t have the strength left to think, assess the situation... It’s not difficult to overload yourself with things, but to understand What you really need to do is more difficult, and sometimes it is necessary to be inactive for some time in order for the SAME thought to come that you will begin to embody.

Well, or the SZIV method (grit your teeth and move forward) also helps. I use it if I understand that inaction now is simple laziness, and it will do me more harm than good. I begin to act through strength - and inspiration comes.

When you need a doctor's help

Above we looked at situations where apathy is temporary and provoked by external circumstances. But what to do when you don’t want to do anything for a long time? Persistent and causeless apathy is an alarming sign. In such cases, a person may need the help of a psychotherapist or psychiatrist. After all, loss of interest in everyday activities can be a sign of pathological conditions:

  • asthenia;
  • chronic fatigue syndrome;
  • depression;
  • schizophrenia.

How to distinguish ordinary apathy from symptoms of the disease? The following manifestations should be alarming:

  • causeless and persistent decrease in mood;
  • unmotivated anxiety;
  • feeling tired even after a long rest;
  • decreased memory and mental ability;
  • loss of interest in everyday activities;
  • inability to perform work duties;
  • progressive loss of strength;
  • emotional coldness.

If you notice at least one of the above symptoms, you should visit a doctor. Do not hesitate to contact a psychiatrist. After all, without treatment, apathy will progress. Modern therapy methods will help you return to an active lifestyle.

Next we will look in more detail at diseases accompanied by apathy.

Life period.

Our body and subconscious are not directly under our control; at least we do not see a linear connection. It happens that the influence of planets, energies and other circumstances creates in us a mood that we need to live correctly. What does right mean? Gain experience, draw conclusions, charge your batteries.

It happens that we are so mentally exhausted that the subconscious begins to block external activities in order to save the psyche and the body as a whole.

Perhaps you just need rest, but not just sitting on the couch and staring at the wall, but restorative rest. Minimum stress, maximum joy, trust in life, peace...

In order to correctly assess what you personally need in such a period, awareness is required. And this again means working on cleansing your body, psyche, and the ability to listen to your body and heart.

Or a change in life period. There will be experience in profession, relationships, physical or mental journeys, material achievements and new experiences are required. Which? This is already a question of your purpose and awareness.

Asthenic syndrome

What to do when you don’t want to do anything and feel a complete loss of strength? If apathy is observed for a long time, then this may be a manifestation of asthenic syndrome. This condition develops after suffering pathologies, especially infectious ones. The body is greatly weakened after illness. A person has to spend a lot of energy doing even simple things. As a result, the nervous system is depleted. The patient becomes irritable, hysterical, and tearful. He gets tired quickly even after little effort.

It is very difficult to cope with this condition on your own. You will need the help of a psychotherapist. To treat asthenic syndrome, vitamin complexes and nootropic drugs are used. After a full course of therapy, the condition returns to normal, and the apathy gradually disappears.

Listen to positive music for your mood

A study by scientists showed that music can have a positive effect on the emotional state of patients with nervous system disorders. During the study period, it was found that therapy can reduce anxiety, relieve stress, apathy, and reduce depression.

Certain combinations of sounds increase motivation and self-confidence. Music has a good effect on the functioning of the brain in general; it has been noted that when listening to compositions, neural connections are improved, memory and the ability to memorize are supported.

In addition, as medical practice in Western countries shows, music can reduce pain, which is also useful for depression. But avoid compositions with depressive content, motives that cause sadness and melancholy.

Pathological fatigue

There are times when a person experiences constant fatigue that does not go away even after a long rest. In addition, the patient is worried about muscle weakness, his whole body aches, he does not want and cannot do anything. The person feels exhausted, but has great difficulty falling asleep. In this case, doctors make a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Modern medicine does not know the exact causes of the disease. There is an assumption that CFS is caused by a disorder of the autonomic nervous system. This is a rather complex pathology, and it is impossible to cope with it on your own. In this case, only consulting a doctor will help. Currently, drugs based on levocarnitine (Carnitene, Cardonate) have been developed. They help significantly reduce the feeling of fatigue.

Why doesn't a man want anything?

A man may also experience apathy. He can often react incorrectly to weakness and decreased mood and does not consult a doctor. Trying to fight it on his own, a man, as a representative of the stronger sex, ignores the symptoms, which leads to aggravation of the process. In this case, loved ones should be especially attentive and persistent.

The main causes of apathy, weakness, drowsiness, and fatigue in men include:

  • negative experiences;
  • overwork;
  • difficulties in self-realization;
  • distress;
  • neurotic and depressive disorders;
  • alcoholism and substance abuse;
  • mental illness;
  • sexual dysfunction;
  • heart diseases;
  • infections;
  • endocrine pathologies;
  • tumors.

Apathy may be a consequence of somatic problems. Instead of thinking why a man doesn’t want anything, he should go to the clinic for a full examination.

Depressive disorders

If a person is bothered by an unreasonable bad mood for a long time, then doctors diagnose depression. Apathy is one of the manifestations of this pathology. With depression, a person loses interest in life, experiences constant melancholy and anxiety. His appetite decreases and sleep deteriorates. In severe cases, suicidal thoughts appear.

There is also an asthenic form of depression. Apathy and loss of strength are the leading symptoms of this pathology. It becomes difficult for a person to take any action. He feels very tired even after simple work. Such patients are usually deeply worried about their condition. They reproach themselves for “laziness” and passivity, and often feel guilty. As a result, depression only gets worse.

If you experience these symptoms, consult your doctor as soon as possible. Otherwise, depression will become chronic, and it will be much more difficult to treat. In the initial stage, psychotherapy sessions help. In more severe cases, the use of antidepressants with anti-anxiety and activating effects is indicated.


This mental illness is accompanied by apato-abulic syndrome. The term "abulia" means a pathological lack of will. The patient experiences the following painful symptoms:

  • untidiness and failure to comply with basic hygiene standards;
  • loss of interest in any activity;
  • complete passivity;
  • lack of emotions;
  • pathological isolation;
  • indifference to loved ones and to oneself.

If a patient with depression does not want to do anything, then he is usually very worried about this. A patient with schizophrenia is usually emotionally cold. He has no criticism of his condition.

In this case, there is no point in shaming a sick person. His untidiness and laziness are a consequence of severe pathology. Apato-abulic syndrome is a symptom of an advanced form of schizophrenia. Only a qualified psychiatrist can help the patient. The use of antipsychotics with an activating effect can slightly improve the patient's condition.

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