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I Have Anhedonia

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    This Really Sounds Like Something I Have

    I've read a couple other stories here, and this is the first I'm hearing about this condition! I can't believe no proffessional has ever bothered to put this on paper. I mean, I still have preferances and desires, but it's only on the good days that I really FEEL anything at all...
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 12, 2011

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    What if you lost your ability to Love ?

    What if the ability to enjoy everything was taken away from one day to the next ? This is a glimpse into my life suffering from a mental illness brought on by severe panic attacks and possible stroke. I have always been a believer of Christ but it seemed that I...
    jeromeleegriffin jeromeleegriffin 41-45, M 2 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    What Should I Do?

    I HAVE SUFFERED FROM SEVERE ANHEDONIA FOR OVER A DECADE NOW. SADLY; THE ONLY RELIEF/PLEASURE I HAVE FOUND WAS IN AMPHETAMINES...IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY OR MAYBE SOME KIND OF STABLE AMPHETAMINE RELATED MEDICATION THAT COULD BE SATASFACTORY?
    johngg78 johngg78 31-35, M 3 Responses Feb 12, 2010

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    I Keep Forgetting This

    I keep forgetting what I am really trying to fix >_<This insidious poison has a name (anhedonia) and Knowing Thy Enemy is part 1 of getting better, but I keep forgetting that I am anhedonic in the first place. Whenever Aunt Flo makes an appearance, my hormones boost me to the...
    Wonderatrix Wonderatrix 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 12, 2011

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    All I Can Say Right Now Is...

    i hate it! feels so bad. and ep is saying this is too short. ok ok ok is this better?
    deeaqua deeaqua 51-55, F 3 Responses Dec 16, 2010

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    Where It Got Screwed Up

    I can remember very few things I liked as a child. As an adult, hearing other people's experiences and seeing two therapists taught me that my  childhood was actually a traumatic experience and it's no surprise I blocked (forgot) most of it.Moving on to my teenage years doesn't...
    Wonderatrix Wonderatrix 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 13, 2011

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    What Title

    MMmm where to start? I think I may be more screwed up than I thought I was. Getting no pleasure in life seems impossible. Truthfully there is very little that makes me smile anymore. And that is just wrong. I know I have things to smile about... but just can't smile for real...
    melissamel melissamel 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    Breaking The Bonds Of Anhedonia?

    I used to have feelings, until I experienced several years of relentless traumas.  Then I went into a depression (PTSD) in which I spent three years in bed.  8 years ago today, I went on disability leave and much to my disbelief, I'm still on it.   I feel (i.e., think - I...
    wfbach wfbach 56-60 3 Responses Apr 6, 2011

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    Today Is My Birthday, November 5th

    Today I turn 27. Birthdays are fun, they are your own special day when you are entitled to special attention and a few nice presents. I should be happy right? Well, that's the thing. I cannot feel positive emotion and I feel flat and halfway dead every moment of my life. You...
    StelliumInScorpio StelliumInScorpio 26-30 7 Responses Nov 5, 2011

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    I Have Anhedonia

    I hate watching tv. Music don't move me. I don't enjoy computer games. I am constantly bored. I have nothing to do. Life is just agony. This is what anhedonia feels like. This is what i have been experiencing for eleven months. This is what makes me so tired of living. What is...
    barrenfield barrenfield 16-17 3 Responses Aug 13, 2012

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    My Take On Dealing With Anhedonia- Just Do Stuff.

    I'm posting this in the sincere hope this may help other people stricken with anhedonia. My inability to enjoy things as I should makes me sad, but that sadness makes me motivated instead of depressed now, except on those (rarer and rarer) days where I don't catch myself, and let...
    Wonderatrix Wonderatrix 31-35, F 10 Responses Nov 13, 2011

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    Frustrating

    Nothing feels good and I long for some positive emotions. Recently at work someone said something that I knew was funny and I laughted but I couldn't feel the emotions. Everything is a drag, even doing things that I once loved to do so much. I am anhedonic because of...
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 25, 2008

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    Made An Account For This Website Just To Post This.

    I only just heard the term anhedonia for the first time in my life about 2 or 3 weeks ago, and ever since then my life's gotten a little better for it. Finding this website and reading these stories and comments has played a huge part in it getting better too. To know exactly...
    AlTheKiller2113 AlTheKiller2113 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 6, 2012

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    Anhedonia Shock?

    I have anhedonia. Part of me wanted to be shocked into action when I learned of this word, anhedonia.. But, as with anything I do, it's like this big soft bubble which holds me from action stops my care factor from mounting enough energy to take a step. It's like, anytime I...
    narrator narrator 51-55, M 14 Responses Oct 3, 2009

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    I Have Anhedonia

    my whole life has been nothing but negativity my entire life ive been bullied in public schools picked on by kids being called ugly, fat, stupid... you name it... things dont always turn out the way you would hope they do and i guess thats just my life.. one big letdown after...
    mrbumpkins mrbumpkins 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 20, 2013

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    What Do I Have?

    i have a sucky feeling in my head. it feels like theres a vacuum cleaner in my head.
    bobbybrewer bobbybrewer 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 25, 2012

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    Anhedonia Caused By Risperidone

    before taking risperidone, i used to enjoy long listening to music and long walks. i also like to read about different things and was never bored. now all i want to read is things about my condition. i no longer like to walk. i spend all day surfing the internet about this and...
    iwishididnthaveanhedonia iwishididnthaveanhedonia 22-25 2 Responses Mar 23, 2013

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    Conditioning

    It seems that pleasure in the brain is all about conditioning.The practice of mindfulness reconditions our minds to receive pleasure from the normal everyday parts of our lives by paying greater attention to them. You basically tell your mind, "Look. This is worth paying...
    Wonderatrix Wonderatrix 31-35, F 8 Responses Nov 16, 2011

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    I've dealt with depression on

    and off for over a decade. I realize that anhedonia is a common symptom of depression, but I feel like I have no motivation or excitement even when I'm NOT particularly depressed. It's like...my internal flame has been extinguished. I have a fantastic new boyfriend and just wish...
    MLockeven MLockeven 31-35, F Nov 12, 2014

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    Anhedonia - The Feeling Killer

    I was diagnosed with depression when I was 12 years old and have been on multiple variations of anti depressants and mood stabilizers . Along with taking these medications I have developed anhedonia.I've been seeing a psychiatrist for a long time now, but I think I need to seek...
    JH6673 JH6673 22-25 2 Responses Feb 20, 2013

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    Nothing in my life is fun anymore.

    I used to be such a bright kid, wanted to be so many things. Art was my greatest passion before this condition took over. Now the most exciting thing I do is reading the news. I never even knew this condition even existed. Depression without sadness. I am glad though, that I...
    RoyalPhase RoyalPhase 18-21, F Apr 19, 2014

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    I Have Anhedonia

    I have no pleasure in life. I do not feel any emotions, hardly ever smile or laugh and have a real ''dread''feeling every second of the day and it never goes away. I have had depression on and off for fourteen years and had my second breakdown in november 2011. Since that time...
    cancan12345 cancan12345 36-40 2 Responses Jul 16, 2013

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    Asking Your Opinion: Do I Have Anhedonia?

    Hi. I used to have a very simple or one dimensional emotional life. Just felt vitality as a child, then around 16-19 life became more interesting and joyous to me - but I only felt happiness no other emotion for the most part except a nagging emptiness. Then I became...
    soberdig soberdig 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 12, 2012

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    I'm Pretty Sure I Have This

    Very little enjoyment with conversations. 99% of people bore me in seconds No hobbies. Within the last few years I have stopped enjoying videogames, movies, books,tv Used to love listening to music.. now it is almost not worth it as the pleasure is so little Have endlessly...
    basino basino 18-21 1 Response Feb 17, 2011

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    Anhedonia Is...

    Anhedonia is the inability to feel pleasure.  But really, I can't feel anything emotional. It started when I was in junior high.  I remember asking people, "Do you ever feel like you're in a movie, just watching your life?"  And everybody would answer...
    Bradford Bradford 26-30, F 26 Responses Jan 17, 2008

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    Anhedonia After Taking Invega Sustenna

    I have Anhedonia and I don't know how to get rid of it all i know is that i got it after taking my antispychotic and i have no reward system and no pleasure so I want to get off it and I am trying to get off of the antipsychotic so i can get my dopamine back because it has been...
    A107 A107 13-15, F 6 Responses Dec 28, 2012

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    Anhedonia

    I've had bouts of anhedonia on and off since I was eight years old, I'm sixteen now. Its as if i have no feelings and find it hard to express emotions. I become zombie-like, non responsive and so much as lifting a finger tires me out quickly. I don't speak during these short...
    genbug genbug 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 18, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I found this site with a wonderful post about ANHEDONIA today and really hope I can contact others with this recently diagnosed condition which is awful but makes so much sense...
    RosSpain RosSpain 56-60, F 3 days ago

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    I Have Had Pectus Carinatum since I Was Born AND I was always made fun of my entire life I couldn't take my shirt off at the swimming pool I couldn't do anything at the gym when I...
    TnHollywood TnHollywood 31-35, M 2 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    Majority of the world are still trying to find themselves. Everywhere you go you see people who have lived many years before you, struggle as you do. Even people with a decent job...
    WarzJack WarzJack 22-25, M 11 hrs ago

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    Here's a thought about "where have all the stand up, admirable, powerful people who days long ago were the staples of the community. And I have come to see that they have abandoned...
    dzadaz dzadaz 26-30, M 19 hrs ago

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    I have the best looking eyes in my whole family. they are a semi dark brown with a warming feel to them. most girls i've dates have done so for my eyes . they said that it was...
    Sladetgx57 Sladetgx57 18-21, M 1 Response 18 hrs ago

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    I have had anxiety/panic disorder for about 18 yrs.The last year ,i have been good,but for about a week now,it's been really bad.My hands shake i get dizzy,my stomach is sick.I...
    1prettygirl 1prettygirl 36-40, F 7 hrs ago

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    "Could you please for the love of God...Shut the Everloving Hell UP,Pollyanna?!?!!!" I have felt like shouting at my mother more times than I can count. She is frankly a moron...
    MimsatheQuiet MimsatheQuiet 18-21, F 2 hrs ago

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    During the prayer meeting this evening, we were asked, "What have we to live for?" I was shocked by not being able to give an answer, even just the slightest idea. I was caught...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 19 mins ago

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    I have 3 brain tumors, I have hydrocephalus, (water on the brain) I almost died, I've had 7 surgeries in just this week, I haven't seen my family in 3 months(except my mom) and I'm...
    Musiclover0620 Musiclover0620 16-17 1 Response 20 hrs ago

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    Most people learn about personal boundaries during childhood. Parents and teachers show them through discipline, and example, what behaviour is tolerable and what is off-limits...
    talkinaftermidnight talkinaftermidnight 36-40, M 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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    When I retire or something, I I'd LOVE to have my own cafe. Well, actually I think it would be more of a bookstore, and, in the middle of the store, have a cafe area to chill and...
    tubularbook tubularbook 13-15, F 11 hrs ago

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    In 8th grade I saw. a video that was to help you control your depression. It said you have to give it a form and name it. I gave my depression a human form and named it Sebastian...
    Mewl Mewl 18-21, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    i cant handle living like this one day i have walls up i feel so angry inside i dont wan to do anything im covered in poisoned i want the pain to come out i feel lost and ugly mabe...
    hannahabbie hannahabbie 46-50, F 8 hrs ago

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    This should ring serious alarm bells. I found out a month and a half ago that my husband had cheated on me and it all started with him playing an online game and messaging a woman...
    mskarma mskarma 41-45, F 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I am currently on a detox programme and trying to fight a addiction to, Energy drinks and Cola drinks that have destroyed my quality of life. I started getting symptoms of...
    UKMALE31 UKMALE31 31-35, M 8 hrs ago

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    I have had Rosacea since I was 19. I have been to a dermatologist once. I am 31 now and my Rosacea is ten times worse than before. My nose and face are always swollen, skin greasy...
    Mulhollandrive Mulhollandrive 26-30, F 7 hrs ago

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    I don't have the hyper part at all, I just have attention problems. The hardest part is that I have such little control over it because I will be trying to get something important...
    zen001 zen001 22-25, M 5 hrs ago

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    Where do I even start. Just heads up, this is long. Lets start with knowing me a bit. I am a muslim girl who have sinned by dating males online and offline for many years. I have...
    EvelynElf EvelynElf 16-17, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    Had things gone differently I perhaps would not be into w/s as much as I am. I had caught a ride home from college for the holidays with a neighbor who had been passing by my...
    alostsoul1992 alostsoul1992 41-45, M 3 hrs ago

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    I've been picking at my skin for many years. I was quite young when I started. Although I have never been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, I have shown symptoms most...
    GoodNightOwl GoodNightOwl 26-30, M 2 hrs ago

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    Last night as i was getting dressed to go out with my wife she watched me putting in my Breast Forms into my Bra. She than told me that it would be better if i had the real thing...
    lindabo99 lindabo99 56-60, T 2 hrs ago

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    another night that leaves me here awake, at 2 in the morning... Sitting here with pain going from the top of my head to my back, a nagging headache, and barely being able to move...