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Motivational difficulties

There are many possible factors linked to having difficulties with motivation. Is it that you are setting too high or perfect standards for yourself? Having unrealistic expectations of yourself? Trying to fulfil others’ wishes and demands, losing sight of your own needs? Perhaps you find it too difficult to say no, to assert yourself? Does it feel like there are too many barriers to overcome? Does it seem too much, too overwhelming and that it’s easier to stay in bed or hide away in some other manner?

Mood problems can lead to low motivation (see pages on anxiety, worry, stress, panic, depression, as applicable). Having issues in relationships, with your health or work can bring on problems with your get-up-and-go. This can lead to mood, self-esteem and confidence all spiralling lower. Motivation problems can also interfere in your intimate relationships.

Motivation problems act as a sign that something needs to be tackled by you. Is it time to listen to yourself?

It can be hard to start, to make contact as the first step towards therapy. Meeting a Clinical Psychologist for low motivation can help you to explore step-by-step factors likely linked to such problems and to determinedly, hopefully, find a way forward.

A Formulation is an understanding of what led you to have your problems and the factors that stop you being able to overcome them. This then helps the Clinical Psychologist to choose what they believe will be the most appropriate therapy approach (or combination of) to offer you. Finding the right fit between you and the Clinical Psychologist (as a person) is helpful.

Our Clinical Psychologists are on the About Us page click here or for more information or to book an appointment contact us here.

Written by © Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience). The above has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.



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