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As lethargy ( ancient Greek ληθαργία Lethargia ) in medical jargon is a form of disturbance of consciousness referred associated with drowsiness and an increase in the threshold is associated.

Lethargy is the core symptom of lethargic encephalitis , but also occurs with other causes of increased intracranial pressure (ICP).

It can be treated medically with psychostimulants such as pyrovalerone .


The term is often used in a figurative sense, to express a lack of interest and unwillingness or inability to change caused by unpleasant or tragic events.

Lethargy can also dominate situations when inaction and extreme reluctance prevail. Socially induced lethargy in oppressive relationships a. the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire .

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