Post

I Have Anhedonia

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 74 People

    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 25 Responses Jan 17, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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 9 Responses Nov 13, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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 2 Responses Mar 18, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Related Experiences

    I am 16 and have wanted to have sex so badley since I was 13. I am now legal so I just want to do it. I need a girl of any build but a nice personality :) message me or heart this...
    goonteam goonteam 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I literally looked at something in my dream and said "you aren't real" and my mind woke up but I couldn't move or anything. I felt like things were after me. I don't think I'll...
    quirkyme quirkyme 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    So i started talking to this guy this summer and we talked a lot over text for like 1 or 2 months... I didn't exactly like him like him but then we kinda hung out and have fooled...
    MindOfManyThoughts MindOfManyThoughts 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Today i put my two week notice in with the job i have been with for over a year to make the biggest change of my life to be a trucker. Will be hard not seeing my son as much but I...
    rgagich rgagich 22-25, M Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    i just received a reply of text message from him "good night"...I'm so happy knowing that he find ways and sometimes break the rules...really love knows no bound, no boundaries, it...
    hannagrace hannagrace 31-35, F Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Junior high.. ugh.. the worst, it seems. I was bullied a lot by one girl in particular. I guess it was really easy for her to bully me. I was quiet, shy, and a little strange. I...
    ShimmerSquirrels13 ShimmerSquirrels13 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have never had sleep paralysis but it sounds horrifying!!
    abbyseaney abbyseaney 16-17, T 3 Responses Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have a couple, one which no one knows. Another a few people know.. one of those people was an "oops, I let it slip" and my mom got a phone call from some place that deals with...
    ShimmerSquirrels13 ShimmerSquirrels13 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I came out as bisexual to only some people in my family; if my mom or grandparents find out I'll be disowned. :/ I haven't come out as Agender to anyone yet...
    SomethingGrimm SomethingGrimm 16-17, F Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    When I was 18 I got diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and have had lots of test done but still live everyday in pain. Is this normal for pancreatitis or has anyone have this...
    Josh3945 Josh3945 18-21, M Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    The women of today have tutorials on how to walk in high heels. I wonder what the tutorials were like when foot-binding was popular. I also wonder if the women of tomorrow will...
    mareliberum mareliberum 26-30 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I constantly have fights with my mother. Full-on screaming fights. She is almost 50 years old and yet chooses to go for the "I guess I'm a bad mother whoops" line at the first sign...
    HexTek HexTek 16-17, F 4 Responses Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I recently got diagnosed with ADD. It makes sense when I think about it but while it gives me some hope of achieving academic sucess. It feels like I am defective...its a bit of a...
    drakneko drakneko 22-25, T 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I was diagnosed with ADD when I was 14 (I am now 20.) and have tried almost all of the medications out there. So far vyvance has worked the best for me. I'm currently on it and...
    krazykay20 krazykay20 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Yup cuz they understand me more than girls .and they don't judge me like girls do and when I wear a t-shirt and jeans they don't tell me u look like a boy they only tell me that I...
    DrowningInPain2 DrowningInPain2 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I'm gay and it's hard enough to find people where I live, I found a guy or he found me on the computer and it was a long distance relationship, which I knew would be terrible in...
    EricRadliffe EricRadliffe 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    My dog (My sole purpose of life) passed away 2 years ago. I would have dreams I was at my old house, he would come running in and I would acknowledge it was a dream, I knew he was...
    Exoduss Exoduss 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I do not have a friend, but you
    xhmkq8 xhmkq8 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Or, at least, that's one of the things I was diagnosed for, and I don't think it's right. I started taking lithium, and about three days in, I had a STELLAR day. Then it went down...
    DanicaER DanicaER 36-40, F Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It would have to be Hear No Evil, See No Evil or Supertroopers. It's a toss up!
    AuntieShani AuntieShani 36-40, F Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Let's face it in life, if your too stuck up in the past-you get buried by it. So consumed by it that it makes you edgy and degrade yourself even if you have chances to get your...
    Sei02 Sei02 18-21, F Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have DirecTV. Love it! Had it 4 years, low price great service!
    AuntieShani AuntieShani 36-40, F Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Hello,my name is jacob but i like to go by zoey. I have spent the last seventeen years of my life alone because I am a girly-boy. Now I have the Internet and sites like this...
    zoey764 zoey764 18-21, T 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Have a crush on one of the doctor.... Omg he's so perfect, handsome, kind, and smart 😬😆😅😅
    hzel1323 hzel1323 26-30, F Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    every night of day,also.and ı believe there is real something in them anymore.if you have same experience,sharing wth someone else may gain you insight about your experience:)
    idunnowhttodo idunnowhttodo 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel