"How can I manage to overcome my laziness and lethargy myself so that I don't get depression?"

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A state of mind to which we have given the name "depression" is accompanied by some symptoms. One of these symptoms is drive disorder. The manifestation of the drive disorder ranges from rather slight difficulties in getting up to pursue activities to complete listlessness in which the bed is no longer left.

It's not as if people with a lack of drive lie on the sofa and think about their lives, mentally go through the stages of their lives, or ask themselves deeper questions of meaning and make feasible plans for the future, and so on. If they did, they would make progress internally.

Instead, and this is the rule from my experience, there is a strong tendency to "shut down" by consuming media or in some other way. People sit in front of the TV or computer for hours and nights on end to distract themselves from inner issues (past unpleasant experiences, feelings of meaninglessness, helplessness and loneliness, etc.). Or the consumption of intoxicants develops in a questionable direction. Inevitably, a vicious circle develops that becomes increasingly difficult to break.

Antidepressants do not offer a solution either, because the emotional experience and the drive state are chemically manipulated. The tablets may be experienced as helpful, but their effect is artificial. People do not learn anything and do not mature.

Which paths take people further?

In a persistent state of drive disorder, absolutely give up the "drugs" distraction / media and of course the intoxicants! This naturally triggers certain withdrawal symptoms. An increasing restlessness will occur, or the inner emptiness will suddenly be felt in an unbearable way. You have to go through this (keyword "mental processing").

In addition, one should turn to a psychological counselling centre. Counselling centres, at least in Germany, have short waiting times, they offer talks, some also have group offers.

Contacting a self-help group can also be very helpful. They will understand you there. You can find addresses on the internet, at a counselling centre or at the nearest health office.

You should also open your heart to people you trust. Talking about your worries and problems makes your heart lighter! If there are no suitable discussion partners, then see above (counselling centre, self-help group).

Then, of course, there is the possibility of psychotherapy. Don't be put off by the long waiting times! In the meantime, there are plenty of other options.