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My pituitary adinoma surgery was Nov 93. I have recently in the last couple years been noticing a decline in interest to do things. I have sought medical help and they treated me for depression. Now that i have begun to learn more about apathy and the pituitary, i feel like that is closer to what I am experiencing. Is there any testing i can do to be certain and what are the treatments for apathy?

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Hi Rbraley, prompted by your post, I did a little digging and found this article
– Apathy Is Not Depression https://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/jnp.10.3.314
Some key points in the article that struck me are:
"…apathy and depression are clinically distinct neuropsychiatric syndromes"
"Apathy is defined as diminished motivation not attributable to decreased level of consciousness, cognitive impairment, or emotional distress. Depression involves considerable emotional distress, evidenced by tearfulness, sadness, anxiety, agitation, insomnia, anorexia, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, and recurrent thoughts of death."

In the article, the authors mention the Apathy Evaluation Scale. Here's a link to more information.
– Clinical Utility and Psychometric Properties of the Apathy Evaluation Scale https://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2020-59952-004.html

@jrlynch @limorris @medfordor @rbraley, have any of your doctors talked about apathy evaluation with you?