Is Motivation In Bipolar An Issue?

This is more of a question than an actual blog post. For me I have been struggling with motivation to doing the things I enjoyed, such as bike rides, bush walks and taking the kids to the park. Nowadays, I don’t get any joy from doing them and I think its since I have been on Bipolar medication, I don’t think it is the Bipolar itself.

What’s your take on it?


  1. A-motivation happens with schizophrenia too. Sometimes taking an antidepressant helps. Sometimes nothing ever helps except for major life events. It is easy to fall into a rut— this is true for anyone, not just people like you and me. Professional people will tell you it just takes doing it. Don’t think about it, just do it. My own observation is it’s easier to do something when I don’t have delusions of religious punishment for doing it. In other words, the negative symptoms of schizophrenia are directly related to the so-called positive symptoms. It used to be that I couldn’t play my bass guitar without religious dread. I believed I would go to hell for playing rock and roll. But thanks to cariprazine, I can play again now. Just ideas, my friend.

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  2. For me, I think my loss of motivations comes from the depressive side of things. I have learned that you body can still go through “depressive episodes” even if you are not sad. You still show symptoms of depression. I find that truly interesting. Other times, I find this to be an ADHD issue for me. I lose motivation because I am so overwhelmed. It’s like, I don’t even know where to begin, so I don’t begin at all. Certainly, medication can play a part in this. If you are feeling numb or lackluster it can be a sign that a change needs to be made (increase, decrease or even just a whole new medication). Sometimes when I have no motivation I force myself to do something… anything. Sometimes that is enough to kickstart things. Other times it is not. So, I guess there is no single answer to this question.

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  3. I have felt like that for many years, but recently, I decided to push myself to do things, even if don’t feel like it, because I know that it’s good for me. Plus a new crazy med that my shrink put me on, has actually helped with that.

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