MANY TREATMENT RESISTANT, DEPRESSED PATIENTS HAVE INERTIA AND ANHEDONIA. INERTIA IS THE INABILITY TO GET STARTED. ANHEDONIA IS THE INABILITY TO DERIVE PLEASURE FROM ACTIVITIES. WHAT THE REST OF US SEE IN THESE PEOPLE ARE:

Procrastination Tardiness Exhaustion Altered sleep-wake patterns Quickly starting (forced), but quickly ending in incompleteness (inability to sustain effort) Finishing a project or reaching a goal, but deriving no satisfaction or pleasure in their accomplishments. This lack of a sense of reward reinforces not trying again in the future. Charles Tadros, M.D. June 16, 2022 SaintContinue reading “MANY TREATMENT RESISTANT, DEPRESSED PATIENTS HAVE INERTIA AND ANHEDONIA. INERTIA IS THE INABILITY TO GET STARTED. ANHEDONIA IS THE INABILITY TO DERIVE PLEASURE FROM ACTIVITIES. WHAT THE REST OF US SEE IN THESE PEOPLE ARE:”

IT TAKES A BIT OF STRESS, TENSION OR ANXIETY TO ACCOMPLISH GOALS.

How do we know?  Often, when patients with generalized anxiety or panic disorder are placed on antidepressants or antianxiety medications, these anxiety symptoms become well relieved. A small percentage of these treated patients will unexpectedly lose their motivation to accomplish tasks; tasks that they looked forward to performing. This unwanted medication effect is not depressionContinue reading “IT TAKES A BIT OF STRESS, TENSION OR ANXIETY TO ACCOMPLISH GOALS.”