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):
  • Dehydration
  • Low Testosterone
  • High Histamine
  • High Female Testosterone
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Low Female Testosterone
  • Magnesium Toxicity
  • Depression

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:
slow reaction time
having hard stools
hyperactivity
very angry/hostile disposition
regular episodes of diarrhea
frequent drowsiness
occasionally feeling unusually cold
moderate morning stiffness
being very easily irritated
nausea for 1-3 months
adverse reaction to delayed meals
frequent bizarre dreams
... 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
Depression 96% Confirm
Hypothyroidism 17% Unlikely
High Histamine 14% Unlikely
Dehydration 0% Ruled out
Low Testosterone 0% Ruled out
High Female Testosterone 0% Ruled out
Low Female Testosterone 0% Ruled out
Magnesium Toxicity 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.

Histadelia (Histamine High)

Those with elevated histamine (histadelics) tend to work compulsively.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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