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Scientists find new disease: motivational deficiency disorder

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7544.745-a (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:745
  1. Ray Moynihan
  1. Sydney

    Extreme laziness may have a medical basis, say a group of high profile Australian scientists, describing a new condition called motivational deficiency disorder (MoDeD).

    The condition is claimed to affect up to one in five Australians and is characterised by overwhelming and debilitating apathy. Neuroscientists at the University of Newcastle in Australia say that in severe cases motivational deficiency disorder can be fatal, because the condition reduces the motivation to breathe.

    Neurologist Leth Argos is part of the …

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