How can you tell the difference between someone with dysthymia(or other mood disorder) and someone who is just truly lazy?
Thread: laziness vs. depression
04-09-2008, 12:10 PM #1
laziness vs. depression
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04-09-2008, 12:12 PM #2
is there such a thing as someone who is just truly lazy?
it's always depression IMO.
04-09-2008, 12:15 PM #3
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Yes, one can be just plain lazy. If you throw on a game instead of taking care of business, you're procrastinating or lazy (different.) If depression is the problem, you wouldn't even be interested in playing a game.
04-09-2008, 12:19 PM #4
if you have 2 options A and B, and A will make you happier in the long term than B, you should choose A. if you choose B, that's not laziness...that's depression.
04-09-2008, 12:27 PM #5
Well, I think people sometimes use games to deal with depression. (others drink, some watch TV, others eat.) Many addictions are attempts at self-medication to avoid dealing with depression... or because the depression seems unresolvable.
Lazy: You're perfectly healthy and spirited, you just would rather do fun stuff than do your work. You just don't feel like doing your work.
Depressed: Even when you do your work and try your best, you feel like crap. You don't feel like doing much. And when you play games, you're often STILL feeling an undercurrent of boredom/depression/unhappiness."Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"
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04-09-2008, 12:32 PM #6
if you don't get it all done on time BECAUSE you do "fun stuff" rather than work, that means, at least subconsciously, that you CHOSE the course of action that would be worse for you. which isn't lazy, it's self destructive.
i don't believe in laziness.
04-09-2008, 12:33 PM #7
now that we have defined it, or at least colored the outlines
how would you all suggest that one break the said spell of depression ?I N V I C T U S
04-09-2008, 12:57 PM #8
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04-09-2008, 01:03 PM #9
in response to the OP:
because the lazy person would be happy; while the depressed person would be anergic.
they say depression is anger without the enthusiasm. There is negation there.
laziness, meanwhile, is just a general satisfaction with who and what you are right now, and no impetus to change anything.
edit: good post, seanan. Speaking as a depressive myself, it's about breaking the negative loop in your mind. either replace the thoughts, or force yourself to zone them out. It's mental control. Tough though, because it requires you to be conscious of which thoughts are depressing you, what your triggers are, and then to take active steps to replace them. it's like fighting what was genetically keyed into you. exhausting at times.You gave me hyacinths first a year ago;
They called me the hyacinth girl.
Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
Looking into the heart of light, the silence.
--T.S Eliot, The Wasteland
04-09-2008, 01:27 PM #10
Lazyness = I can't be bothered.
Depression = Why bother?
Bother.. such a strange word when it's written. Seems almost wrong as a word some how.[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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