Mental Illness Can Zap Motivation

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Mental Illness Can Zap Motivation

mental-illness-motivation-healthyplace-2Mental health difficulties can make life challenging, and they can zap our motivation and zest for life. Motivation is a force within us that can inspire and energize. Motivation can also be the opposite; it can be an unreachable concept that zaps and deflates. When we're dealing with a mental illness, be it depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, or any other condition, we can find it hard to be enthusiastic about doing anything. (When Depression Causes A Lack of Motivation) Then, to add insult to injury, we know that we "should" be motivated to excel or even get out of bed. We want to, but we just can't.

As if the loss of motivation and drive weren't hard enough, people who don't realize the scope of mental health challenges sometimes use labels like "lazy" or "unwilling to try." That can make us feel even worse about ourselves. (The Effects of Mental Health Stigma)

Know that a loss of motivation is a side effect of many different mental illnesses. Remain focused on those things you used to love, that you would do if you could. As you recover, you'll find that your motivation begins to return.

Related Articles Dealing with Motivation and Mental Illness

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: How do you deal with loss of motivation? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. How Sleep Impacts Your Self-Esteem
  2. Panic Attacks Explained Simply
  3. Why I Self-Harm: Why People Self-Injure

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Childhood Physical And Sexual Abuse Linked To Ulcerative Colitis
  • Teens With Depression, Bipolar At Greater Risk Of Heart Disease
  • Positive Reinforcement Plays Key Role In Cognitive Task Performance In ADHD Kids
  • Bariatric Surgery Procedure Lowers Tolerance For Alcohol
  • Better Support For Released Offenders May Reduce Suicide Risk
  • Scientists Identify That Memories Can Be Lost And Found
  • Mindfulness Meditation May Help Smokers Quit - Even Those With No Willpower

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APA Reference
(2015, August 11). Mental Illness Can Zap Motivation, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 16 from

Last Updated: August 11, 2015

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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