The Banalities of Depression - TestYourself Research Shows Link Between Depression and Procrastination
TestYourself.com's latest study indicates that depressed people are more likely to put off doing things in both their personal and professional life.
MONTREAL, CANADA (MARKETWIRE) -- November 17, 2012
TestYourself.com, a pioneer in online personality, IQ, and career tests, has released its newest study on procrastination. TestYourself's research reveals that the tendency to put things off can have an underlying cause that goes well beyond laziness, and into depression.
Whether it's a doctor's appointment, cleaning out the garage, or visiting a really annoying family member, most people procrastinate to some degree, according to TestYourself research; a lack of motivation and a low tolerance for frustration being the most common causes. For those who have been diagnosed with depression, however, the tendency to procrastinate can become more pronounced. TestYourself's statistics reveal that depressed people outscored the rest of the population on tendency to procrastinate (score of 45 vs. 38, on a scale from 0 to 100). Depressed people are more likely to put off household chores (42 vs. 34), tasks at work (42 vs. 37), and fixing relationship problems (44 vs. 36). They're also more likely to avoid seeking help for personal problems or health problems (53 vs. 43).
"With health issues being the most common area where people procrastinate, especially those with depression, this can cause serious problems," explains Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of PsychTests. "Someone who is depressed tends to lack motivation and feel overwhelmed. Therefore, they will have a propensity to procrastinate, making it less likely that they will seek professional help for their issues. Without therapy, the person is at risk of developing more severe depressive symptoms, which can have a negative impact on their home life, relationships, and work. This procrastination-depression combination can be a very difficult cycle to break."
TestYourself's data indicates that the most common underlying reasons why depressed people procrastinate include:
TestYourself's procrastination research also reveals that:
"While it can be difficult to summon the motivation to get things done when you're depressed, fighting this tendency to procrastinate is precisely the step that depressed people need to take in order to gain control of their life and their sense of self again," explains Dr. Jerabek. "The urge to just lie in bed and give up can be strong - but if you can manage to get up and get one chore done, no matter how minor, it gets the bar rolling. You'll start to feel that motivation building up again."
"Obviously, not all people who procrastinate are depressed, but if you put things off frequently and just can't motivate yourself to get even minor things done, let alone major tasks, there is bound to be an underlying cause that needs to be looked into. We can't just label people as lazy anymore. There is more to procrastination than a desire to sit on the couch all day - it means you're putting off living your life, and this warrants attention."
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