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Avolition

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Updated January 16, 2008

Definition:
Avolition is defined as lack of initiative or motivation. In schizophrenia or schizophreniform disorder, when avolition is so severe as to prevent a person from doing ordinary things such as work, hobbies, reading, or taking care of oneself, it is considered a "negative" symptom of the condition.

Examples:

  • Being unable to start or complete paying bills
  • Staring at an assignment without getting to work on it
  • Just sitting for hours doing nothing
This contrasts to anhedonia, where activities bring no pleasure.
Pronunciation: a-vo-lish-un

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