aboulia


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to aboulia: adynamia

a·bu·li·a

(ă-bū'lē-ă),
1. Loss or impairment of the ability to perform voluntary actions or to make decisions.
2. Reduction in speech, movement, thought, and emotional reaction; a common result of bilateral frontal lobe disease.
Synonym(s): aboulia
[G. a- priv. + boulē, will]

aboulia

(ə-bo͞o′lē-ə, -byo͞o′-)
n.
Variant of abulia.

abulia

, aboulia (ă-bū′lē-ă) [ a- + Gr. boulē, will + -ia]
1. Absence of or decreased ability to exercise willpower, or initiative, or to make decisions.
2. A syndrome marked by slow reaction, lack of spontaneity, and brief spoken responses. It may be part of the clinical picture that accompanies injuries to or diseases of the internal capsules, basal ganglia, or frontal lobes of the brain.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
This self should be free from mental and physical stigmata (suggestibility, amnesia, aboulia, anesthesia, etc.), which commonly characterize the disintegrated states making up multiple personality.
Miss Beauchamp's personalities suffer from severe mental and physical defects: aboulia, impulsions, neurasthenia, amnesia of actions and thoughts, violent mood and character changes, abnormal suggestibility, and severe limitations in their ability to adapt to their environment.
It is related to the aboulia one finds in some cases of obsessional neuroses and to the paralysis of will associated with severe depressions.
The German proto-psychiatrist, Johann Heinroth (c.1818) extended the philosophical concept of akrasia ('weakness of will') to acting in certain ways (e.g., eating chocolate) despite explicit intentions not to do so; and another German proto-psychiatrist, Rudolf Leubuscher (c.1838) spoke of aboulia ('inability to act'), where one's body failed to respond to mental commands (such as moving one's arm).