Abulia means a loss or impairment in the ability to
perform voluntary actions, show initiative/drive, exert
willpower, or make decisions. Abulia also means a
decrease in movement, speech, thought, social
interactions, and emotional reactions. There is often
an increased response time to questions. Abulia is
considered a disorder of diminished motivation (DDM)
and creates dependency on others. Abulia is known to
occur in dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease).
Dementia is a mental disorder characterized by a
significant loss of intellectual and cognitive abilities
without impairment of perception or consciousness.
Abulia commonly results from damage to both the right and left frontal lobes of the brain.
The frontal lobes are large areas of brain tissue located in the front part of the brain that
play an important role in movement, initiation, planning, and self-regulation of behavior.
Abulia may also be related to decreased levels of the chemical messenger, dopamine, in
the brain. Abulia is often treated with anti-depressant medications as many of these
patients are depressed. Abulia is also written as aboulia and is also known as Blocq’s
disease. Abulic means pertaining to abulia. Abulia comes from the Greek word "a"
meaning "not," and the Greek word "boule" meaning "will." Put the words together and you
get "not will."