amotivational syndrome


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amotivational syndrome

A popular term for the lack of desire to participate in social activities, personal interests, professional pursuits and interpersonal relationships. Authors in the 1970s to mid-1980s attributed the lack of motivation to marijuana abuse; the term was adopted by popular culture and was said to most commonly affect young men, the learning disabled, and emotionally immature individuals. The World Health Organisation has deemed there to be is no evidence to support the diagnosis of amotivational syndrome.

amotivational syndrome

Substance abuse A condition linked to chronic marijuana abuse, which most commonly affects young, learning disabled, and emotionally immature individuals. See 'Gateway' drugs, Marijuana.

amotivational syndrome

(ā″mōt″ĭ-vā′shŏn-ăl) [ ¹an- + motivational]
Lack of interest in activities, reduced attention and concentration, apathy, and passivity. It has been reported in association with some neuropsychiatric disorders, e.g., depression, schizophrenia, and traumatic brain injury, and with use of drugs, e.g., marijuana and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

amotivational syndrome

An effect of prolonged heavy use of MARIJUANA (cannabis). There is apathy, unwillingness to persist at any task and usually a gain in weight.
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In adults, studies have shown chronic marijuana use induces psychosis, schizotypal traits, amotivational syndrome, anxiety, sad moods, dependence and permanent learning issues.
Kristen Babinski of New York University and her associates presented a case of PML that presented in a 26-year-old man being treated for multiple sclerosis whose only symptom of PML was subacute amotivational syndrome,
I would ask about a chronic marijuana smoker who develops amotivational syndrome whether we should look for this extraneous finding as if the information we have were not sufficient to explain the completely screwed-up life of this young person.
For me, one of the current dilemmas is how to care for young people in their 20s who have amotivational syndrome as a result of marijuana addiction.
An analogue is amotivational syndrome, often seen in patients who have used marijuana regularly and sometimes excessively over several years.
I have seen a significant number of late adolescents and young adults who develop an amotivational syndrome, which is common and, to me, the most difficult symptom of marijuana addiction.