I love discussing the question ‘Am I Depressed Or Just Lazy?’ It’s a hit at parties to get past all of the superficial chit-chats. I also love it because it’s a question I’ve asked myself on more than one occasion and quite frankly, it’s something I’m questioning today as I’ve done jack squat and it’s 1:30 p.m. with nothing to show for it unless you call reading Reddit work. I like to trick myself and say it’s research, but my inner critic and I know the real story and it ain’t pretty. So yeah, here are the differences between Depression and Laziness that I finally put together.
Being Clinically Depressed is something you have no control over. If you’re battling depression, no external circumstances brought it on. It’s just there. It can hit you from out of left field, for no reason at all, and in a way, it doesn’t make sense.
On the other hand, when it comes to Laziness, we know it’s a choice. I know when I’m being lazy and just don’t want to clean my bathtub. Your world is not falling apart around you as you make a choice not to do your household chores. If you suffer from depression, you probably wouldn’t even notice that your home is in a state of disarray. You’d be to busy worrying to do so.
It doesn’t enter into the equation. The last thing someone battling depression is thinking or worrying about is the cleanliness of their home or the care of themselves.
Also, just because you can’t get out of bed or feel unmotivated one day, doesn’t mean that you’re depressed. To be diagnosed, Clinical Depression requires you to feel or be in a depressed or unmotivated state for at least two weeks straight, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
So to sum this all up, if you’re lazy, it’s a passing mood that will last 1 or 2 days. However, if you have depression, your depressed/low mood will last 2 plus weeks, and you will feel like nothing matters and that you’ve lost the concept of time and responsibilities.
After reading this, and you still think that you might be depressed, please go see your doctor, or talk to a trusted friend, and if you’re really struggling at this very moment, please check our resource section for immediate help in your specific country.
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