Apathy is a lack of feeling, emotion, interest, or concern about something. It is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation, or passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical, virtual, or physical life and the world.
Traditionally, apathy has been viewed as a symptom indicating loss of interest or emotions. This paper evaluates evidence that neuropsychiatric disorders also produce a syndrome of apathy. Both the symptom and the syndrome of apathy are of conceptual interest because they signify loss of motivation.
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Apathy is defined as having indifference to one's surroundings, loss of interest or motivation in goal-directed behaviors, and/or flattening of affect that is not attributed to declines in levels of arousal or intellect (i.e., apathetic–akinetic syndrome).
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