avolition

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avolition (uncountable)

  1. Lack of initiative or goals; one of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. The person may wish to do something, but the desire is without power or energy.

Usage notes[edit]

This is not laziness. Avolition is a clinical term usually present as a comorbid symptom of another disease or as a side effect from medication. A diagnosis of schizophrenia is the most prominent case, where sufferers have extreme difficulty summoning the desire for even ordinary activities, such as obtaining employment or even to go shopping.

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