Apathy, or lack of emotion, is a feeling of general indifference and virginity.
This is when you lack the motivation to do something or you just don’t care what’s going on around you. Apathy can be a symptom of mental health problems. You may not have the desire to do something that has to do with your thinking or your emotions.
It is not the same as depression, although it can be difficult to distinguish between the two conditions. Nor is it sadness or anger. Instead of feeling these emotions, you feel almost nothing. What used to give you pleasure no longer worries you.
Apathy can make you feel empty or not at all, but it can cause noticeable changes in your behavior, such as:
- Reduced productivity and persistence
- Less motivation to achieve goals
- Less consideration of goals
- Reduced participation in public events
- Flat or blunt affect
- Does not react emotionally to positive or negative events
- Lack of excitement, sadness, or anger.
- Lack of interest in hobbies you once enjoyed.
- Feeling tired or low energy.
Most people experience apathy from time to time. Sometimes apathy simply indicates that a person is indifferent to a particular topic.
There are many reasons why you can fight apathy.
- Bad self-esteem
- A tragic or traumatic event
- Problems adapting to new circumstances
- Feelings of congestion or burnout
- Feeling stuck
Identifying potential triggers of your apathy can help you avoid these triggers or if you can’t change them, learn to respond to them differently with healthier coping strategies. You can also overcome your apathy by finding a new goal to focus on, such as finding new friends or finding a new job.
Treatment of apathy often depends on whether it exists on its own or as a symptom of another condition. Apathy caused by major health problems can be best overcome by your doctor or psychologist.
If you notice that a loved one is showing signs of apathy, tell them what you noticed, express your concern, and offer your support without condemning it.