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Is It Lack of Motivation or ADHD? Read This to Find Out the Difference

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It can be frustrating for sufferers of ADHD to deal with lack of motivation. Being creative one moment and feeling tired the next, it is an up and down spiral that has no off switch. When you’re feeling unmotivated, it is a good idea to consider telehealth therapy for ADHD. It’s a good start to resolving the problem and restoring some balance to your life. 


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder creates several motivation problems for sufferers. It saps your focus and causes random spurts of up and down emotional moments. All tasks are affected by ADHD, regardless of their size. 

On a personal level, any scheduled plans you have become harder to complete. If you sit down to pay bills, it can become an all-night task that may or may not get completed. The next day rolls around, and you schedule the same task again, but put it off further. 

By the end of the week, you might accomplish all your other tasks easily. But the billing task you scheduled earlier in the week remains incomplete. All of a sudden, you sit down and complete it in a few minutes. 

This is lack of motivation fueled by ADHD, and it can be daunting if you don’t recognize it. 

Lack of motivation

When ADHD is not in the picture, lack of motivation takes on a different form. The most common cause of motivational issues is stress. If you’re too emotionally drained to complete a task, then putting it off seems like the easier option. 

Work or school-related stress is problematic since it is tied to a deadline. Staying up late to complete a test that you’re nervous about passing will lead to panic attacks. Even if you pass, the leftover anxiety destroys any motivation you have to study hard in the future.

When you’re on a deadline at a job, lack of motivation is infectious. This is also stress-related and has a way of rubbing off on other team members. Body language will often show people how you actually feel. At work, you have a responsibility to yourself and to others. When stress is in the picture, you relieve yourself of accountability to counter the effects of missing motivation. 

When a deadline is missed or a project fails, the stress is lessened temporarily. 

Prepare Yourself

Whether you have ADHD or not, lack of motivation prevents a person from completing tasks. Giving yourself any kind of reasoning for lacking motivation does not solve the initial problem. Instead of using the cause as an answer, use your lack of motivation as a reason to get better.

Sufferers of ADHD and high-stress individuals suffer from similar problems with focus. Before it becomes overwhelming, you should always talk to someone about solutions or treatment. 

Wrap up

There are no shortcuts to getting around a lack of motivation. No matter how it is triggered, you’re the key to overcoming the problem. Making the decision to accomplish something is the first step of many in conquering motivation problems. 

Tommy Williamson did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.

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