I am looking for a word to describe a person who allows himself to become ill.

Example: They can sense that depression is settling in again, they know how to stave it off, yet they allow it to consume them and they subsequently become suicidal or very ill.

I thought it may be self-indulgent, but have been told that's not correct.

Thank you.

  • Check here for a similar question.
    – Mamta D
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 11:51
  • With regard to depression this is a difficult question. Being depressed makes the individual have more difficulty making decisions, including the decision to not be depressed, even when he/she knows how.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 12:17
  • It really is a difficult one! Im trying to explain to my therapist this emotion or action...as in i know how to stop myself falling into the 'trap' of a very deep depression, but i continue to just let myself fall...there must be a word or phrase?!
    – Lizz
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 22:26

2 Answers 2


How about neglectful?

negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business . neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention . lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision . slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care . remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect . M-W

  • Neglectful of one's own health seems to fit. :)
    – user140086
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 10:46

A simple answer to that can be "Careless".

A careless person gets ill and does not care about his or her health.

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