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Symptoms Of Social Anhedonia
I have been experiencing anhedonia as my only symptom of major depressive disorder for the last 10 months. Does it go away with time?
Not depression: If anhedonia is the only symptom you've had in ten months then it's not likely you have major depressive disorder. Anhedonia on its own should resolve. ...Read more
Anhedonia, or lack of sense of pleasure often refers to the absence of getting joy or satisfaction out of things or activities most people enjoy. People sometimes describe this as the "blah's". It is commonly associated with depression and can be one of the later symptoms to respond to medication or psychotherapy, but can also be associated with ...Read more
I m dealing with loss of pleasure in my life called anhedonia. Which is core symptom of depression. But I don't have any other depreesive symptoms. So is my cndition is depression or any other mentel illness?
No sadness yet blah: It is a falsehood that one must have a sad mood to be clinically depressed. Many - maybe more often the elderly - have depression and do not have subjective low mood. Therefore, it is vital to entertain more far reaching questions about vegetative symptoms including: inability to laugh at a good joke, inability to experience pleasure, restfulness of sleep, sex drive decline, change appetite, blah. ...Read more
Yes: There are lists of common symptoms you can check online, but there are also more subtle things like what you mention. Less tolerance for pain is another. But the best idea is to have lab work and discuss possible supplemental Tx w/ your Dr. There are some risks but if it can help - that's be great! Good luck finding help. ...Read more
My doctor said that I have anhedonia. Is it a core symptom of depression or it is indivisual a saperate mental illness?
Anhedonia: It is not a separate illness. It is a symptom, often, but not always associated with depression. It means an inability to take pleasure in normally pleasurable activities or experiences. Typically, a patient will describe a lack of feeling towards previously favorite foods, or hobbies, sex, etc. ...Read more
Can antipsychotics (olanzapine) cause permanent anhedonia and loss of motivation? Can they aggravate negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia?
Possibly: When prescribed improperly -- and usually this is a dosage issue, or when prescribed without attention to alternative medicines -- they can result in such symptoms. But the symptoms are not permanent, and resolve when prescribed properly or when the medicine is discontinued. ...Read more
I have anhedonia without other depressive symptoms, is this condition is depression? What is the non medical treatment of anhedonia?
Can higher doses of Effexor (venlafaxine) (above 75mg) cause depression to worsen and/or increase symptoms like anhedonia, lethargy, demotivation, etc.?
25 years old. Testosterone 420, TSH 4.52, Free T4 1.46, Prolactin 20.3, Cortisol 35.6, Vit D 26. Main symptoms anhedonia, fatigue, odd vision, aches.
Your hormone levels are almost normal, your Prolactin is slightly elevated but I would repeat it again, also for Cortisol the level fluctuates throughout the day, and it's better measured early in the morning.
I'm not sure what you mean by odd vision, is it double, blurry, floaters or not able to see in some part of your visual field. Please talk to your provider.
Depression is another possibilit ...Read more
See below: Anhedonia is a loss of the capacity to experience pleasure ; or the inability to gain pleasure from the activities that are normally or used to be pleasurable. For example, an anhedonic teenager won't be excited by the latest gadget;if you like reading, but experience anhedonia now, you won't derive any pleasure from the activity. ...Read more
Depression tests: Anhedonia or the inability to experience pleasure is associated most commonly with major depression but not exclusively. A general physical should always be done first to rule out organic causes. Psychological tests for depression often measure this experience. ...Read more
Maybe: Anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure can be a very serious mental disorder. Everybody gets stress and "bummed out" once in a while which makes life seem unpleasant. That goes away when the stress goes away. True anhedonia can be relentless and lead to suicide. If you have it, get help. It can be helped but you need to take the first step. ...Read more
Lack of enjoyment: Anhedonia simply means an inability to find pleasure in the activities and hobbies that you used to enjoy. The key difference between anhedonia and a normal lack of interest is that the person experiencing anhedonia previously enjoyed the activities (e.g., sex, reading, sports, socializing, etc.) in which they are no longer interested. It is frequently a symptom of depression. ...Read more
It feels real.: Anhedonia is generally defined as the inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable, e.g. Exercise, hobbies, music, sexual activities or social interactions. For someone who has it, the experience is real. This could be a learned response to one's perceived life, or it might be a symptom of depression or something else. Best to talk to a counselor, or such. ...Read more
Often, yes: Anhedonia often comes in the context of major depression -- for which there are many effective treatments. Many medications and many good psychotherapies. There are also things you can do on your own, along with treatment: aerobic exercise, eat nutritiously, regular engagement with others, etc. ...Read more
There is no cure:
But there is improvement that can be very significant and - yes, meditation can be a good way to find it. You may know reasons for your lack of pleasure. A medical exam might help. Or, there may be a psychotherapy to help you. In any case - meditation can help you find space for pleasant feelings to be - and be safe. But you need to drop the notion of cure - ok?
Namaste! ...Read more
Sex anhedonia: Maybe you don't end it. Anhedonia in this context means a lack of pleasure from having sex. We all start out with a lot of nervousness about sex and may have other issues like a past history of abuse, which may require counseling. But sex is one of the simplest and easiest pleasures god gave us. It should n't take much effort to enjoy it. If it really does, maybe it's just not for you, which is ok. ...Read more
Anhedonia: Anhedonia is loss of pleasure in all activities. What used to bring enjoyment, no longer does. This can be a symptom of major depression, and can be excruciating. Losing interest or pleasure in sex alone may not mean depression, but could be a specific sexual dysfunction or other problem. Best to see your physician for a complete history and physical, also some lab work -- and go from there. ...Read more
Yes: Anhedonia is usually not total loss of pleasurable experiences. ...Read more
Yes: Many medical conditions can and you need a good medical evaluation to determine which may be responsible. ...Read more
They can: Anhedonia and flat affect can be part of depression. ECT can help treatment-resistant depression -- meaning people who have not been helped with standard antidepressants, and for whom depression is debilitating. If your doctor has recommended this treatment, I'm guessing you have very serious symptoms despite many trials of medications and psychotherapy. ...Read more
More than likely: Therapy would be a good thing to try. It will be important to feel comfortable with the particular therapist. I expect that the treatment will explore the life history in an attempt to understand more about the culture and meanings of pleasure to the individual. Sometimes this sort to work is described as dynamic vs behavioral. Good luck. ...Read more
Express yourself!: Our personalities become known by our actions. If you have flat affect (a severe reduction of emotional expressiveness) and anhedonia (loss of the capacity to experience pleasure), you may have a depressive disorder requiring treatment by a professional. Make an appointment ASAP. In the meantime, lead with your behavior. That is, behave as if you are enjoying what you're doing. This might spread. ...Read more
Anhedonia/depression: Anhedonia is not treated with antipsychotics. Anhedonia is a lack of motivation due to depression. I would ask your GP or Psychiatrist to prescribe an appropriate anti-depressant or go to a psychologist who does Cognitive-Behvioral or light Therapy. I would personally prefer therapy to medication personally unless you have a long history of depression or have it in your familly. ...Read more
Anhedonia simply means an inability to find pleasure in the activities and hobbies that you used to enjoy. The key difference between anhedonia and a normal lack of interest is that the person experiencing anhedonia previously enjoyed the activities (e.g., sex, reading, sports, socializing, etc.) in which they are no longer interested. It is frequently ...Read more