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Distinguishing depression from apathy: Understanding personal traits

Distinguishing depression from apathy: Understanding personal traits Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

Sometimes we experience an unclear state that can greatly affect our mental health, but in this state, we often confuse depression with apathy, which is less dangerous, according to the psychological portal Mentoly on Instagram.

First difference

Depression. My depressive symptoms last for weeks, if not months, affecting various aspects of my life.

Apathy. Apathy may come and go, changing its intensity depending on circumstances, but it doesn't last long.

Second difference

Depression. I feel changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, fatigue, or unexplained body aches and pains.

Apathy. I may sometimes neglect self-care due to lack of motivation, but usually I don't experience noticeable physical symptoms in the body.

Distinguishing depression from apathy: Understanding personal traitsDepression and apathy - what's the difference (photo: Freepik)

Third difference

Depression. I constantly refuse social activity and isolate myself from others due to feelings of worthlessness or self-consciousness.

Apathy. I may withdraw into myself, but it's more because of lack of interest and desire to spend time with others, rather than negative self-perception.

Fourth difference

Depression. I often feel tearful, sad, anxious, and apprehensive, struggle with insomnia and loss of appetite. Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness haunt me, and sometimes even thoughts of death.

Apathy. I experience decreased motivation without obvious impairment of consciousness, cognitive deficits, or emotional disturbance.

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