One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Abnormal lack of energy.
lethargy, inertia, listlessness, lack of energy, lifelessness, inactivity, inaction, slowness, languor, languidness, torpor, torpidity, dullness, heaviness, apathy, passivity, weariness, tiredness, lassitude, fatigue, sleepiness, drowsiness, enervation, somnolence, laziness, idleness, indolence, sloth, slothfulnessView synonyms
- ‘In a study of 250 consecutive patients referred to a psychiatric hospital lot evaluation of depression, anergia, or both, 20 were found to have some degree of hypothyroidism.’
- ‘The cannabis produced an initial beneficial effect for the patients in that the anergia, anhedonia, and low imaginative capacity caused by the antipsychotic were reversed.’
- ‘Less common early psychiatric features were behavioural change, anergia, and poor performance, and a minority of cases exhibited pain as an early neurological feature.’
- ‘One trait is the stress-related emotional disturbance measured by Goldberg's 30-item General Health Questionnaire (anxiety, insomnia and anergia, and the decline in social function).’
- ‘Alas, Bleuler's views were largely neglected, probably because schizophrenic patients with negative symptoms (such as affect, anergia, apathy) make it easy to assume that they have underdeveloped emotional experiences.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek an- ‘without’ + ergon ‘work’.
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