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How could psychologists tell a lazy person apart from a depressed one?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Certain criteria : Must be met to make a diagnosis of major depression. Lacking in motivation or energy alone does not constitute depression.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

In what ways can psychologists tell a lazy person apart from a depressed one?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Someone suffering: From depression is not lazy. They may lack energy or drive, but usually this is something that bothers them. They do not want to be lethargic and unhappy. Before they became depressed they may have been motivated and energetic, so that the situation is disturbing to them.

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