00124 Hopelessness

00124 Hopelessness

Definition of the NANDA label

Subjective state in which the individual sees few or no alternatives or possible personal choices and feels unable to mobilize their energy for their own benefit.

Subjective state in which an individual sees limited or no alternatives or personal choices available and is unable to mobilize energy on own behalf.

Defining characteristics

• Lack of initiative, passivity.
• Decrease in verbal communication.
• Verbal expressions that denote despondency (“I can’t”, sighs).
• Decrease in the manifestation of emotions.
• Decreased response to stimuli.
• Lack of response when a person speaks to you.
• Turn away from the person speaking to you.
• Close the eyes.
• Shrug in response.
• Decreased appetite.
• Decreased or increased sleep.
• Lack of involvement in personal care and passive acceptance of care.

Related factors

• Deterioration of the physiological state.
• Prolonged restriction of activity that creates isolation.
• Loss of faith in transcendental values ​​and God.
• Long-term stress.
• Abandonment.

At risk population

• History of abandonment

Associated condition

• Deterioration in physiological condition


• Quality of life.
• Control of depression.
• Emotional balance.
• Hope.
• Level of depression.
• Decision making.


• Enhancement of self-esteem.
• Emotional Support.
• Control of mood.
• Support in decision making.
• Give hope.
• Promotion of resistance.
• Facilitate grief.
• Clarification of values.
• Facilitate spiritual growth
• Presence.
• Help to control anger.
• Spiritual support.

This diagnosis will retire from the NANDA-I Taxonomy in the 2021-2023 edition unless additional work is completed to bring it up to a level of evidence 2.1 or higher.