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Apathy and Depression – how they are different yet connected

is apathy a symptom of depression?


Depression is a feeling that someone can have in which makes them feel very negative in all kinds of ways, it is a form of severe dejection and despondency. Apathy is a feeling that someone can have which is very negative as well and it is more so focused on how that person does not have any interest at all in life or doing activities or even interacting with others.

Both are related with each other and are known to go hand in hand but they are drastically different even though both can highly affect not just your life but those around you such as friendships, family connections, personal relationships and even one’s’ job.


There are at least fifteen well known conditions in which apathy can be linked to and these are a stroke, an intracerebral hemorrhage, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, sleep disorders and a mini stroke. Also there is what is known as acute mountain sickness, hypercalcemia, post-traumatic stress disorder, postpartum depression, schizoid personality disorder, encephalitis, opioids and other related disorders as well as Tay-Sachs disease and meningeal tuberculosis.

When it comes to depression and apathy, the two are linked but not closely related; with that being said depression is the seventh least likely condition in which apathy can be a symptom of there are some before it in which apathy appears more and some behind it in which apathy appears less.


Other symptoms you may experience when dealing with depression are irritability, anger, crying all the time, trouble with sleeping and eating, having anxiety attacks, feeling like you are worthless, feelings of paranoia or franticness and more. Post-partum depression is most common in women are new mothers, in fact it affects at least thirteen percent of new mothers every day. It usually happens about 2 to 3 days after you have given birth to the baby. A higher percentage of new mothers at least experience a heightened sense of fear, sadness, anxiousness, more over whelmed and more sensitive, for these women it is anywhere from seventy to eighty percent of new mothers who experience this.

There are so many forms of depression that not everyone knows about all of them so you may have the start of depression and not know it. Some types of depression are different than others which lead to different circumstances; these are post-partum depression, psychotic depression and seasonal affective depression.

The other kinds of depression are the main kinds of depression in which are the kinds that everyone hears about and these are persistent depressive disorder and major depression. Some cases only happen once in a person’s’ lifetime while other cases happen off and on throughout life, there are even some cases of depression in which can last a minimum of two years because it just keeps getting worse and worse and they will just have more and more episodes which makes the symptoms worse each time and last longer each time.

Why do some people experience apathy and some don’t?



How in one way or another everyone does experience apathy:

Apathy is a negative feeling, it can make you feel like you are nothing and that you have nothing to live for; when you think and feel negatively then more negativity comes your way. Just like if you are in a good mood and things are all good positive aspects will be coming your way. Life is what you make it and how you see things. At one point and time in life everyone will experience some form of apathy in one way or another; for some people it will be short lived and not that effective and for other people it can be severe and really be a road block in life that they need to overcome.


For those people who only experience a little bit of apathy it really can’t be counted because it is not severe enough, it is like being upset over something and just getting over it. A real case of apathy is almost life depression; it takes time and work to get through it and to get like back to where it should be.

For people who only experience a little bit of apathy it can be hard for them but these people tend to be people that don’t let things get in there way; always moving forward and reaching goals is what they do but life is not all good this is why we have negativity here and there to balance things out. A little bit of apathy is like your subconscious saying that this may seem like a good idea now but later you will regret it and wished that you had done something else.


Feeling negative in any way such as worthless, weak, not smart and anything else is a feeling that makes you feel like you are depressed but being level-headed you know it is something you can work through and that things will be better.

As for those people who experience apathy and it is a true case of apathy than for them things are as bad as they can get but somehow more and more things that are bad just keep happening to them and around them as well; this is known as having a one track mind if you are feeling upset then you will only see the negative in life because at that point and time negativity is the only thing that you can relate to.

Being able to relate to something is one step in dealing with apathy, after this you must see the light at the end of the tunnel and realize that things can be better than what they are but they that they will not get any better until you do something about it on your own. Think of it like life in general, becoming an adult you get a job, earn money and pay bills on your own, you get a place to live and a vehicle and have a family; your parents don’t help you with all of this and these things are not just handed to you, you have to work for them just like you have to work to feel better.