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Tests For Anhedonia
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Many medical conditions can and you need a good medical evaluation to determine which may be responsible. ...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
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Your symptoms require immediate Psychiatric Evaluation in ER by Psychiatrist to assess intensity and frequency of suicidal ideation, your coping of suicidal ideation, suicidal intent, or suicidal behaviors.
Give this information to Psychiatrist and discuss Treatment options-Intensive outpatient treatment with Therapy and Medication; Day Treatment center; or Hospitalization ...Read more
Anhedonia is inability to experience pleasure, right? Does that mean all the time, even during sex?
Anhedonia: Anhedonia, the inability to enjoy activities in life, is usually a sign of severe depression. While it tends to permeate most of the day, it does fluctuate substantially during the day. Depressed patients often have some time of the day that is better for them than others. Could anhedonia affect sex? Yes. It usually leads to reduced interest in sex, but can also decrease performance/orgasm. ...Read more
The past few months, anhedonia and internal thoughts affecting schoolwork performance, but not diagnosed with mental disorder. Let teachers know?
If you feel it's OK: Beyond the label of mental disorder, anhedonia and internal thoughts affecting your school performance, depressive disorders are very common and affect mood and performance. Addressing this issue might bring about means to solve the problem. Teachers and counselors can be a very good start, after your parents, friends or your doctor. ...Read more
In the past months, I've experienced significant loss of interest in pleasurable activities. However, I still do them often & ok. Anhedonia or not?
Anhedonia: Anhedonia is a relative concept. If you have decreased pleasure from previously pleasurable activities/ interactions etc - that is anhedonia. It could be relative mild or very significant. Motivation and anhedonia may go hand in hand but are not the same. ...Read more
Possibly: One of the potential side effects caused by flouxetine can be emotional numbing or flattening. In a sense, people may not feel excited about things and potentially this could be interpreted as anhedonia. I have had clients who have complained of this. ...Read more
A few: Spinal cord injury, Fatigue, Physical illness, Hyperprolactinemia, Use of SSRI antidepressants and Low levels of testosterone are also reasons for a 'lack of pleasure'. So are some life circumstances - financial or legal or family problems, etc. Your pain, CFS and TBI are right there. It's hard, but possible, to find pleasure in face of them. Try targeted counseling to help you find some new joy. ...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