Serious motivation issues - could this be autism related?

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29 Sep 2011, 10:02 pm

TPE2 wrote:
"Lack of motivation" sounds more schizophrenia spectrum (who have, basically, the same "social" symptoms that autism spectrum); however, the intense focus of autistics could also seem "lack of motivation" for an external observer, when it comes the moment of doing something outside their area of interest.


I even have trouble motivating myself to do things I enjoy or am intrested in....it is very frusterating.



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29 Sep 2011, 10:14 pm

I was told high levels of anxiety can do that too.



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30 Sep 2011, 1:26 am

viera wrote:
I was told high levels of anxiety can do that too.


Lack of motivation from the beginning builds up anxiety over periods of time - for example, starting from childhood - will build up and up and cause much more loss of motivation in a lot of things, i.e. regressing. It's a vicious cycle with anxiety and motivation (and depression).



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30 Sep 2011, 1:36 am

Yes, I think motivational issues are very common with Aspies. Like someone else said, if it's not something I'm interested in, I have oodles of trouble getting myself to do it. Even if I do want to do it, sometimes I get too overwhelmed to do so.


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