Posted by morganator on August 17, 2009, at 19:45:41
In reply to Re: Scott-quick question on lithium-Good to hear » morganator, posted by SLS on August 17, 2009, at 6:33:18
I know depression is a major cause of a lack of motivation, I'm living it right now.
When depression is treated for the most part and there is still a lack of motivation, it is reasonable to think that something else is going on that does not require a "motivation" medication to address the problem. When someone is restless and cannot follow through with things we have to begin to address other possible issues, like self worth, which could be one cause of the depression. I just don't believe in a drug for motivation.
Also, when I hear restless but I don't hear depressed, I think that it is possible for someone to use that restless energy to make themselves simply drive to the gym or walk out there door and take a run. It may not be what they want to do, but at least they have the energy to do it. Then, if they do exercise and stretch, restless energy may turn into a more focused calm energy. Whether this makes someone more motivated to do things or not is dependent on the person of course.
No one can argue against the benefit of exercise for depression and the health of our brains. Exercise is one of the best ways to enhance neurogenesis in the areas of our brains that are damaged by depression. That should be some motivation for all of our depressed brains.