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Hi everyone

I was wondering if anyone experienced a lack of motivation since their SAH? I'm sure it's probably quite common.

I think mine is due to a combination of fatigue and also a lack of concentration as I flit from one thing to another and start something and can't be bothered finishing it.

To be honest I think I've always had bad concentration, even before SAH but now it's worse. I have always had a tendency to do several things at once eg when I watch TV, I have to do something else like knit or flick through the paper. I've tried meditation but I found I was too restless to do it for long.

I'd be interested in hearing how people have got round this problem, either at home or at work?

Thanks very much

Anne

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Hiya Anne, yes I did experience this and it was in fact not at all like me. I have always been fairly determined and single minded. It was in fact spotted by a medical student who was working with my GP. He left her to her own devices, with my permission. She made several suggestions based as it turned out on her recent experience in a neuro surgical ward. She was pretty sure I was suffering a mild but troublesome depression because of the mega drama of the SAH. She was quite right, I was put on and am still taking a mild anti-depressant. It worked, although I still get tired etc etc, my motivation has improved big time :) Maybe this is worth discussing with your GP? Especially give any other concerns you may have at the moment as uncertainty about anything is known to increase any motivational crisis. Although you said concentration was not a strong suit previously, concentration and motivation are not necessarily related :wink: Good Luck :)

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Hi there

Yes I've heard that too Perry.

tho I cant do more than one thing at a time now although we I got out rehab (Astley's) I thought I could got myself into a right pickle......

But I do find the humid weather makes my concentration a lot worse....

take care

Louise.x

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Thanks Perry and Louise. Yes I wondered whether motivation linked to a specific part of the brain but I don't think it can be, it's more a state of mind.Yes Perry I think mine is more circumstantial linked to ongoing uncertainty at work rather than as a result of my SAH though that could play a part too. It will resolve in time. And Louise, I agree about the hot humid weather making it more of an effort to concentrate and do things.

Anyway, just writing about it on the site has made me feel a bit better already.

love

Anne xxx

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Hi Anne,

My state of mind, definetely seems to affect my motivation .... especially if I'm going through a bit of depression... which I still tend to dip in and out with ..... but am always lucky enough, to come out of the other side and these episodes have got less and less..... I don't think that the fatigue helps any and like Louise has said, the v.hot weather doesn't help either .... and it tends to zap the little energy that you have....

Hope that things improve for you Anne .....xx

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Hi Anne

I don't think I struggle too much with motivation unless really tired or like Louise and Karen when the weather is hot and humid. My main problem is still concentration even now don't know if its related to the constant headpain or not but can be very frustrating at times as seem to have lost the ability to multi-task :?

Janet x

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Hi Anne :D Hope you are well xx I used to be the queen of multitasking and so very organised....now when i am tired, cant, and get so frustrated....i am learning to adapt, slowly.....post it notes and constant double checking. Motivation i am ok with...i wonder also if maybe you are just a little depressed at the moment...so many emotions to deal with as well....i have found it quite a struggle...more so recently than ever. I have been talking with a councillor....one that really just listens...as there is no one that specialises in SAH...or not that they know of....but it does help to talk....have you gone down that route at all....if not, maybe have a word with your GP. Take care ...love and hugs to you Anne...love Tina xx

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Hi everyone

Just posting to say my motivation came back about 10 days ago. I think I got "stuck" as I had a big piece of work to start at work and also my flat was full of clutter and I felt overwhelmed with it all. I started on the tidying up at home and once I got started, felt more energetic and things improved from there. Am also going out less and looking after myself much better too.

Thanks for all your useful comments & encouragement.

Love

Anne x

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