Abulia (Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders)
Abulia is a state in which an individual seems to have lost will or motivation.
Abulia is not a separate condition; rather, it is a symptom associated with various forms of brain injury. It may occur in association with a variety of conditions, including stroke, brain tumor, traumatic brain damage, bleeding into the brain, and exposure to toxic substances.
Causes and symptoms
Some research suggests that abulia occurs due to malfunction of the brain's dopamine-dependent circuitry. Injuries to the frontal lobe (the area of the brain responsible for higher thinking) and/or the basal ganglia (the area of the brain responsible for movement) can interfere with an individual's ability to initiate speech, movement, and social interaction. Abulia has been noted in patients who have suffered brain injuries due to stroke, bleeding into the brain from a ruptured aneurysm, trauma, brain tumor, neurological disease (such as Parkinson's disease), psychiatric condition (such as severe depression or schizophrenia), and exposure to toxic substances (such as cyclosporin-A).
An individual with abulia may not appear to have much will or motivation to pursue activities or initiate conversation. Such an individual may appear...
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