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   Posted 7/11/2017 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have motivation to do things that are important or that I used to love to do.

I want to start back studying Japanese and German, but I can't. I try to get into it and remind myself I want to go to Japan and Germany and be able to understand the languages like I can English, but it has no effect.

I also want to take baths and wash my hair more so I can have good hygiene when I'm older (plus eating healthy), but I can't. I just procrastinate until I finally make myself do it.

There are so many things I want to do but can't find the motivation. I'm usually sleepy and tired and always wanting to sleep and be lazy...

I have a therapist to talk to but I forget to tell her these things. I have bad memory now. I think its the pill named Resperidol. What can I do to stop this no motivation?

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   Posted 7/11/2017 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to write a list of things I need to talk about to the therapist. Or the doctor. Otherwise I sit there and say everything is fine. I don't know why we do that. Forgetting is one thing I guess. But I think you could write a list too and that it would help.

I am very low on motivation right now too. There are so many things I have left unfinished. I look at them all the time and do the same thing as you. Nothing...

Today I see my psychologist so I hope to bring this up. I am just plain tired. I try to take a walk daily. That helps create energy. Is there somewhere you can walk? I just take my dog and go up the street however far she wants to go. Sometimes we go around the big block which is a good walk. about ten minutes or maybe twenty.

Exercise can get you going too. I don't do a lot of that anymore like I use to. I like to dance too so I listen to music a lot.

Try to get the baths in and washing the hair. Just starting helps. It is self nurturing and that is one of the first things that go when we are depressed.

I hope that you feel better soon. I took risperidol before. I take abilify now. Plus pristiq.

Hugs, Karen...

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   Posted 7/11/2017 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello again. I can relate to the 'no motivation' thing.

Hygiene is important. One of the tricks I use is to buy the small bottles of body wash so I change the scent I use often. Buying a bar or two of 'luxury' soap is another trick. A new towel set or shower curtain. I realize you're a teen, but you could probably get the shower gels at least or some bath fizz.

While this doesn't always work for me, it's a step in the right direction. Sometimes I bring my c.d. player into the bathroom and blast some of my favorites and 'sing' along.

Why not use the languages you've already learned to get back into practice? Maybe make your list of things to talk with the doctor about in the other language, if you are proficient enough, maybe some of the words are familiar at least.

Do you have a pet? They are multi lingual you know. Maybe 'teach' your pet or even a stuffed animal, the language that you are learning. Teach a bit to us!

Glad you're posting. Keep it up.
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   Posted 7/12/2017 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
It is difficult to to learn no languages when you do not have another person to speak with. Really, I do not care what ads say.

I was is Czecholovakia back 1991 for a week, with in 4 days, I was speaking enough of Czech to talk to farmers and gas attendants, not just people in Prague.

Today, I do not remember one word. Don't use it, you loose it.

You sound young. So this is my suggestion, Use this wonderful internet world, find some Jap and Germ friends and get on with it.

Also ask your therapist about the following coping skills to help you learn to control your depression along with the meds.




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   Posted 7/12/2017 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
You'll figure it out, Phoenix. We all eventually do. I personally believe our lack of motivation stems from our general lack of enjoyment of doing stuff. Muggles (non-depressed people) like doing stuff like taking walks and chatting with other people - we depressed people have to force ourselves to do those things.

Is there anything you still enjoy doing? I can usually motivate myself to do stuff that I know I'll enjoy. I hate shopping, but I like looking at geeky stuff, so if I need to get out of the house I'll go stagger around an electronics store. Then, while I'm there, I might zoom over to the book store, or the sushi place, cuz they're all in the same area.

Hopefully there is still stuff that you find fun.
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