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I am very lazy these days. Can this be depression?

10 Jul
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User's Question

Nowadays, I am too lazy to do anything. I work from home. I know I have loads of deliverables, but I spend long hours on the couch staring at the TV. I just do not feel the energy to raise myself. Even I do not feel good to cook, (though I love eating) and may be I just chew off a piece of bread toast for my lunch; I am just feeling like sleeping all the time. As a result, when the day is about to end I am loaded with work, because I have to finish them by the next day. I just rush through them. I know this is an unhealthy practice. I should have a routine, but I just do not understand wherefrom so much of laziness is coming to me? Culd it depression? I do not have a visible cause for it at the moment, but I want to get myself out of this pain. Please advice.

10 Jul
Dr. KV Anand

Doctors Answer

Jul 10, 2016 11:12 AM

Dear user. this sort of behavior pattern is not due to depression. But is due to disappointment about your life and life happenings. I think you are not satisfied with your work. You are not passionate about your work. You are not even satisfied with what you are doing. But somehow you are compelled to do whatever you are doing right now. That compulsion brings down your self confidence, self esteem and self worth resulting in lazyness.

Please let me know what is your qualification? Why are you working from home? Why don'g you go out and do a compititive job? Please provide me more information about your family, husband, children etc. Anyhow, there is nothing to worry. Most of the psychological problems can be cured with couneling and scientific therapy methods. Take care

11 Jul
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Follow up Question

Jul 11, 2016 09:32 PM

Thank you so much for the clarification on the quest regarding depression, it really helped me to boost myself up.

I am a Master's in English, I work in a publication firm, and I have been working in the 'work from home' set up for the past 3 and half years. These days work from home provides equal opportunities in every field, especially because the work culture is shifting to online interactions; every work is happening online. Even a software developer works from home as per his/her project requirements, hence with due respect to your opinion, I disagree with you on this ground that 'work from home' means I am not potent or professional or I am not doing a competitive job. 'Work from home' is a set up which an organization provides as per their policies, and is equivalent to night shifts, afternoon shifts or 24-hour term work etc.

Secondly, I have not mentioned my gender or marital status anywhere, so what makes you assume that I am a female and will have husband and children? I am single, and I am by profession,  an editor and reviewer of research works in my publication house. My parents are sometimes with me in the house, sometimes they are on a visit to my granny's house because she is alone there.

11 Jul
Dr. KV Anand

Doctors Answer

Jul 11, 2016 09:45 PM

Fine. If you are passionate about your interesting work, and proud and competitive, why you are not working and feeling lazy. I assumed you are a female from the wordings "ven I do not feel good to cook, (though I love eating) and may be I just chew off a piece of bread toast for my lunch". I thought you are a female who is working from home.

Forget my assumption. It becomes your duty to tell me your gender and family status while asking such questions. Now the hunter is being hunted by you.

Forget those matters. I wish to know more about you. This is not depression for sure. You are either disappointed or frustrated thereby feeling lazy. What are could be the reasons?

12 Jul
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Jul 12, 2016 04:44 PM

That was my question from you... Why am I feeling lazy? Is this normal or not? As for your other queries- yes I am a female, but cooking is not typically a female's job, many single males are better cooks, and do cook their own food; I have already spoken about my family...

Secondly, I am not trying to hunt anyone, please add a little more compassion for a patient in your voice.

Anyway, thanks for informing me that I am not clinically depressed, that was quite a help.

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13 Jul
Dr. KV Anand

Doctors Answer

Jul 13, 2016 10:04 PM

"Now the hunter is being hunted by you". that was a sarcastic remark. Anyway, thank you. I apologise if I were rude. 

I am a psychologist. From the given sentences and information, it becomes very difficult for us to know the exact cause. But I assure you, I will be able to pin point the reason of your lazyness if you talk to me for an extended period. 

Forget me. Please do consult a psychologist in person. Set aside 60 minutes to speak the whole heart to the psychologist. He will provide the exact reason and methods to overcome. 

God bless you. Take care.