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):
  • High Female Testosterone
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Low Testosterone
  • Depression
  • Magnesium Toxicity
  • High Histamine
  • Low 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:
Under 1 year above 180 blood sugar
regular episodes of diarrhea
frequent bizarre dreams
antidepressant drug use
having low TT4 level
prednisone use
high air pollution exposure
low systolic blood pressure
high iodine consumption
being very easily irritated
poor recovery from exertion
having non-scalp scaly/flaky skin
... and more than 110 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
Atherosclerosis 97% Confirm
High Histamine 30% Unlikely
High Female Testosterone 21% Unlikely
Low Testosterone 1% Ruled out
Magnesium Toxicity 1% Ruled out
Low Female Testosterone 0% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 0% Ruled out
Depression 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:
Dehydration

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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