ApathyThe apathy (from the Latin concept apathia) make reference to laziness, reluctance, indifference and lack of strength. It is, in other words, the impassive mood which is reflected in the absence of desire or enthusiasm.

Some examples where the term appears may be: “The boxer showed alarming apathy on the ring”, “That album was the perfect soundtrack to portray the apathy of the time”, «Leave apathy and dare to dance with us».

Apathy as a pathology is a term coined by the psychology and it is an affective disorder that causes indifference to events, people or the environment that surrounds the sick subject. Which manifests it through a vain reaction to the stimuli that come from outside, or even those that are born from within.

When apathy only appears in specific cases (directed towards an individual, a task or a context), it is usually a response to the stress. Nor should we forget that, sometimes, apathy is not pathological at all and is simply disinterest for what a person thinks is not relevant or interesting.

When apathy is diagnosed clinically, it has nothing to do with tedium wave laziness. However, on a colloquial level, a link is usually established between these notions. This is why a man may say expressions to his son such as “Forget about apathy and get to work.”

In order for it to be diagnosed, it is strictly necessary to carry out a neuropsychiatric examination in which not only the conditions in which the patient’s mental state is found are investigated, but also the characteristics of his environment and the aspirations of the subject (activities, objectives, desires, etc); because all of them can condition mental health of the person.

It is worth mentioning that apathy can also occur in people with the disease of Alzheimer’s and Dementia; in these cases it is related to the cognitive functioning and the alterations in the individual’s daily performance. In most cases this disorder is accompanied by depressive symptoms.

If apathy is not pathological, it can be reversed with various stimuli according to the interests of the person in question. A certain musical theme, an inspiring photograph or a flavoring are some elements that can help you overcome a mild listless state.

Emotional apathy can harm the affected individual and their environment, but it is not resolved as simply as deciding to do things against it. It is necessary to understand its origin and to elaborate the way to get out of that pothole, so that once solved, the patient cannot fall back into it.

Sexual apathy

ApathyThere is talk of apathy or sexual inhibition when in a couple one of the parties do not feel passion or desire for sex with respect to the other (generally not with other individuals who are not part of the couple). This lack of passion is shown by a clear disinterest in physical contact and sexual intercourse. Apathy can be diagnosed when the number of times that a person feels incited to have sexual contact with another decreases partially or totally.

Sexual apathy is of the type primary when the person has manifested it since the beginning of their sexual encounters, and high school when it arises after there has been a normal and satisfactory period of sexual activity. Apathy can also be selective, when you only show up with one person in particular. Finally, there is talk of sexual apathy general when it is stable and permanent.

It should be noted that some authors refer to sexual apathy as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder and before being diagnosed, mental illnesses that lead the subject to lose sexual interest must be ruled out, that the subject is ingesting a drug that can cause apathy.

The causes of sexual apathy are often related to high levels of anxiety caused by overly demanding moral upbringing, previous traumatic sexual experiences, or feelings of self-rejection (feeling unattractive or undervalued).

The best way in which this pathology can be addressed is by ensuring that the patient become aware of problems and face them; encourage him to dare to give and receive love valuing and valuing the other and above all, to get in touch with the deepest feelings and desires. In a word, focusing existence on to revive that sleeping part of the sick person, his sexuality.