I used to be highly motivated and happy. However since I switched meds from Amisulpride 200mg to a combo of Olanzapine 5mg and Amisulpride 100mg around 6 months ago, I have become more and more low motivated and lazy. Before this switch of meds I had a plan of reading and writing. Now this plan seems daunting. Every day I just found it was hard to work on this plan.
Is this low motivation one of the negative symptoms of Sz? How did you handle it if you have suffered from it either?
I have avolition. It takes a lot of effort to do anything lots of the time. I’m not sure there is really a good solution. You just have to force yourself to do whatever task you have at hand. Some supplements/drugs may help, but at the end of the day I think it’s left to you to force your actions.
I’m not motivated at all anymore. It’s really hard to accomplish anything. Makes me a bit sad even I think about what I used to be like and everything I could have done with my life if I hadn’t gotten so sick.
I have this problem, “avolition”, as others have called it. I have a really hard time getting enjoyable things done. I have no motivation or focus to be able to have hobbies, when alone.
I am able to get chores done, which is good, but I have a hard time with keeping myself focused on an enjoyable activity. I guess I just don’t find enjoyment from things, anymore. Maybe that’s a different symptom, but similar? I used to paint, knit, color, and draw (on paper & digitally). I can’t do those things, now. But I would like to be able to get back into hobbies, again…
It’s not easy to handle motivation. I have diabetes which adds to the regular fatigue of having my brain fried by voices, so it can be hard to do anything. Do you have bad fatigue too? If not, it might be possible to trick yourself into working on something (like a hobby or exercise).
Tell yourself that you can do a task for five minutes (set a digital timer), and if you’re too exhausted, you are allowed to stop after five minutes. A lot of the time, I’ll go way past the five minutes, sometimes doing a hobby for an hour. If I’m too tired, I stop. Getting started is the tough part.
Getting started is really hard, you’re right. And then following through if it gets tough seems to be a problem for me sometimes. Like I’m fat and certain things are physically hard for me and if I’m in pain from arthritis I just don’t want to finish things sometimes. I’ll do a half assed job of vacuuming, I’m not gonna lie.