Why Don’t I Want To Do Anything Anymore -- An In Depth Look At Boredom And Lack Of Desire

Updated April 27, 2020

Reviewer Wendy Galyen, LCSW, BC-TMH


Have you ever been so tired and fed up that you felt like "I give up, I don't want to do anything." If you have, you're not alone. We've all been there in our lives where we felt so overwhelmed when faced with so much to do that we felt (if not at least for a moment) that "I don't want to do anything."

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There are common factors that can contribute to a lack of motivation or desire. Some of those factors are medical, and some may have to do with underlying mental health issues or substance abuse. In this article, we talk about how to get past the feeling of frustration and help you figure out what to do when you don't want to do anything.

Boredom And Lack Of Desire

Many people come to the point of feeling like "I don't want to do anything anymore" out of simple boredom or lack of desire. Contrary to popular belief, it's normal to take some downtime when you're feeling this way - and it's okay to do so. In our ever faster-paced and always-on world, taking a few minutes of downtime is not only normal; It's highly recommended.

To answer the question, "Why don't I want to do anything," - there are a variety of reasons that could cause you to feel this way. There's nothing wrong with you if you're asking yourself why I don't want to do anything or what to do when you don't want to do anything. This is a normal reaction from time to time or after an exhausting string of events has happened in your life. Major changes like starting or losing a job, starting or ending a relationship, and moving can trigger feelings of exhaustion or lack of desire in anyone.

However, if after a few days, or even a few weeks of downtime and the feeling of "I don't want to do anything anymore" persists and becomes your new normal, you may have a bigger issue. If feelings of boredom and lack of desire to linger and turn into depression, you may need to consult with a licensed mental health professional for advice, treatment, and medication management - depending on your condition.

People who suffer from chronic mental health issues like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often have periods of boredom and feelings of "I don't want to do anything with my life, or I can't do anything with my life" - as a part of their daily symptoms. It's when these issues persist and become overwhelming that a much larger issue is likely to be at play.

A licensed mental health professional can help you address your concerns and get to the bottom of why you're feeling like "I don't want to do anything with my life."

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Depression And Lack Of Motivation

The most common reason that people experience extended periods of lack of motivation is for depression. Often people who suffer from diagnosed or undiagnosed depression don't want to do anything. Depression comes in many forms and, if left untreated, can morph into a much larger mental health concern.

People become depressed for a variety of reasons and most often because of a disappointment, unmet goal, or insurmountable life challenge that left them feeling powerless and hopeless. Feeling depressed can cause people to think negative thoughts like "I don't want to do anything with my life." It's not uncommon for people to report feeling symptoms of depression after major life upheavals like relocating to a new city for a job or the birth of a child (which often results in post-partum depression for the mother).

People with depression don't want to do anything because they don't have the energy. While not all instances of lack of motivation are related to depression, many times, this is the culprit. There are also medical issues that can cause a person to feel a lack of energy or enthusiasm about activities they used to enjoy. Regular visits to your primary care physician can help you rule out issues with other medical-related conditions.

Existing Mental Health Challenges

People who have never suffered from mental health challenges may not know how hard it is to take care of your everyday responsibilities while dealing with the symptoms of mental health issues. Suffering from debilitating and chronic mental health issues isn't a choice, and many people who have mental health concerns aren't able to function when negative symptoms rear their ugly heads.

People who live with chronic mental health conditions like anxiety and depression know the daily challenges of coping with their diagnosis. People with these issues going on may not be aware when their issues are more problematic and need immediate treatment or just normal feelings of lack of motivation. Those who suffer from ongoing and chronic mental health challenges may not recognize when they're symptoms are getting out of hand as they live in a continual state of mental anguish and physical pain.

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Therefore, keeping regular appointments with your therapist and sticking to protocols for medication management is crucial to your success. When you combine the positive aspects of sessions with your mental health care provider and your primary care physician, you create holistic solutions for yourself that open up new doors for you to experience a better life.

The best thing to do in cases where you've already been diagnosed with a chronic mental health disorder like anxiety, bipolar disorder (BPD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and similar conditions is to make it a point to keep in regular contact with your licensed therapist for therapy, coping strategies and medication management (if needed). This is especially true if you have recurring thoughts of "why don't I want to do anything"?

Always-On Access To Support Services

A neutral (and professional) third-party can help you recognize when you're feeling depression, don't want to do anything, and are concerned about your lack of motivation. Today's mental health clients have 24-hour access to licensed mental health providers online via desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you're having mental health challenges and need to reach out to a professional, getting help is as easy as the click of a button.

Clients who opt to take part in online therapy open themselves up to a wide variety of mental health counseling and related resources - without ever having to leave the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Now that you understand what's behind your feelings of I don't want to do anything anymore, ]feel more assured when reaching out for support that you're doing the right thing - and you're not alone. Many people suffer from symptoms of undiagnosed mental health disorders in silence.

Sometimes, they are unaware of their potential diagnosis; In other cases, they are ashamed. Either way, regardless of any actual or perceived mental health stigma, you must take care of your mental health. If you won't, who will? You deserve to live your best life.

Online Therapy Costs

Today's online therapy costs are more affordable than ever. This makes it easy for everyone who needs therapy to get therapy, as there are now fewer obstacles to cost and distance. Even patients who are physically incapacitated or that can't currently drive can access affordable online therapy options that are even reimbursable by health insurance providers in some cases.

When you opt for online therapy sessions, be prepared to cover weekly costs that range between $35.00 per week to $99.00 per week. Most online therapy subscription packages include options for unlimited messaging therapy in real-time with your compatible online therapist.

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Higher-cost sessions incorporate video chat therapy into the mix so that clients have the option to take part in face-to-face therapy sessions that are comparable to in-office therapy sessions.

Payment Options For Online Therapy Sessions

There is more than one option for paying for your online therapy sessions. The following are a few common ways that today's mental health clients are covering the costs of online therapy.

  1. Out-Of-Pocket - Clients pay the full cost of therapy sessions out of pocket. Online therapy sessions start at less than $50.00 per week for unlimited real-time access.
  2. Free Or Reduced Options - Clients who aren't able to afford the cost of therapy may be able to take advantage of free or reduced options depending on what resources are available to them in their state.
  3. Sliding-Fee Scale - For clients who fall in between the out-of-pocket and free therapy income bracket, there are some options for them to receive sliding-fee scale therapy. Clients can use these payment options to pay for the cost of therapy based on their income and not the reasonable and customary costs.

Final Thoughts

The moral of the story here is that there are affordable therapy options online for every budget. Regardless of which payment option you choose for therapy, all the options above cost less than in-office therapy sessions that start at $65.00 an hour and can go up to as much as $200.00 an hour.

This more expensive form of therapy also comes with additional costs for commuting and travel-related expenses for clients to make it to their in-office destinations.

If you're ready to take the next step and learn more about how the benefits of online therapy can help improve the circumstances of your life, reach out to one of our expert team members at Regain.US for guidance and support today!

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