Level Of Motivation

What Causes Lethargy?

Lethargy can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose lethargy, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "lethargy" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Depression
  • High Female Testosterone
  • Low Female Testosterone
  • Magnesium Toxicity
  • High Testosterone
  • High Histamine
  • Dehydration
  • Hypothyroidism

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
frequent episodes of diarrhea
cloudy urine
history of stomach ulcers
indoor allergies
very dry eyes
infrequent daytime urination
much lower back pain
having trouble concentrating
insufficient water consumption
mildly elevated TSH
an average-stress lifestyle
occasional unexplained nausea
... and more than 120 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of lethargy:
Cause Probability Status
Low Female Testosterone 97% Confirm
Dehydration 25% Unlikely
High Testosterone 17% Unlikely
High Female Testosterone 3% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 1% Ruled out
Magnesium Toxicity 1% Ruled out
Depression 0% Ruled out
High Histamine 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Mind Health section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about level of motivation:
How motivated are you? Are you a lethargic person (lacking in initiative, apathetic, procrastinating), or a 'type A' personality (full of 'get up and go', intense, hard-driving, often in a hurry), or somewhere in between?
Possible responses:
→ I am very lethargic and rarely get things done
→ I am often lethargic and delay getting things done
→ About average / don't know
→ I am definitely motivated to get things done
→ I am highly motivated - a 'doer' / leader
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate being highly lethargic, being a lethargic person, being a motivated person or being highly motivated, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
High Female Testosterone Level

Excess secretion of testosterone (a hormone associated with male aggressive behavior) is reported in Type A personality patients.

High Male Testosterone Level

Excess secretion of testosterone (a hormone associated with male aggressive behavior) is reported in Type A personality patients.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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