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
  • High Histamine
  • Low Testosterone
  • High Testosterone
  • Depression
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Low Female Testosterone
  • High Female Testosterone

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:
difficulty achieving orgasm
severe tinnitus
poor reaction to cool damp weather
frequent night terrors
moderate unexplained weight gain
constant thirst
premenstrual bloating/weight gain
good cold weather tolerance
antidepressant drug use
depression with some anxiety
high iodine consumption
very brittle hair
... and more than 100 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
Depression 29% Unlikely
Hypothyroidism 24% Unlikely
High Histamine 2% Ruled out
Dehydration 0% Ruled out
High Testosterone 0% Ruled out
Low Testosterone 0% Ruled out
High Female Testosterone 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:

The body requires water for every task it performs, so a lack of water will make it harder to complete these tasks.  Dehydration causes a drop in blood volume, which makes it harder for oxygen and nutrients to reach brain, skin, and muscles.  Reduced muscle efficiency makes movement more challenging and this can lead to lethargy.

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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