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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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    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

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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 Nov 30

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Just this weekend I was out with colleagues at a very busy pub and as usual found it very difficult to follow the conversation. I have always struggled when in noisy environments...
    ProfessorDrew ProfessorDrew 51-55, M 12 hrs ago

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    My childhood was a depressive phase. Not so much when we were where we live but when we went to our relatives' place during vacations. My mom's sisters are very conservative and...
    unsettledkp unsettledkp 18-21 20 hrs ago

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    She always has something to say to me. If I got a 99 on a test"Stupid, why didn't you get 100" If I get a good score in a competition"Stupid, so and so got higher." She calls me...
    IndianGirl123 IndianGirl123 13-15, F 1 hr ago

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    2, both female. I've had 2 different cyberstalkers in my internet lifetime. They were both female and both under the age of 25. Stalking is a very serious thing. Cyberstalkers are...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 15 hrs ago

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    Well where to start? I guess it's always better to just put it out there....I was recent tly told I have liver disease and they think it's acute and that means it showed up without...
    Squeekarose Squeekarose 31-35, F 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    Every so often I stop and think how lucky I am to have met some really cool, unique and truly amazing people.  This is for several of them.  If you read through this list...
    pineychick pineychick 31-35, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    Not everyone is meant to have a relationship, have children or have lots of friends or even have friends. I don't have any of these but oh well, making the best of it. Have job...
    RetroRulez RetroRulez 31-35 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I have a crush and people say he likes me back but I honestly don't think so. I'm the type of person to think someone hates me until they say they don't. I don't believe people...
    nothingbutmissingyou nothingbutmissingyou 13-15, F 1 Response 50 mins ago

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    So this is a dream that i had about a week back. It felt so real and the content is kinda weird haha. So here goes: It was climbing period in school. Basically, a school period...
    Shimmerz479 Shimmerz479 13-15, F 21 hrs ago

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    You know I do find it funny when I come to this group to read stories. I find it funny because people my age who have no friends are rarely actually alone like me. The majority...
    ForgottenMale ForgottenMale 26-30, M 1 Response 21 hrs ago

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    It's about time I tell you guys about some of my problems to know me better. I have a specific crustacean food allergy. I can eat deep fried shellfish with crisp crust, but not...
    TetraZL TetraZL 13-15, F 14 hrs ago

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    I love my "dent" my friends and I always joke about it however i wish I could wear bras that fit me properly. I'm a C/D cup but I have to wear B and even then it doesn't fit right...
    Nicoleq Nicoleq 18-21 20 hrs ago

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    After really thinking through everything, about all of the moves I've made throughout the country, and where I am currently, I have pretty much next to no friends (in person). And...
    obscureriddle obscureriddle 22-25, F 13 hrs ago

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    I'd rather have both; which I have. I probably have too many acquaintances, honestly...but I consider only a small amount of them as my real, true, close, best friends.
    losingNemo losingNemo 13-15, F 9 hrs ago

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    I have normal dreams at times. For example, walking to places I know and comfortable with. But one night I had a dream: I can see orange surrounding me and large things in front...
    lunamaple lunamaple 16-17, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    It's quite the shame. Sometimes I can not tell if I have changed for the better or the worse, but I know that I am the only one who can change myself.. It just sucks because I look...
    MissSilly MissSilly 18-21, F 6 hrs ago

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    i have one BEST friend & i mean best, im so grateful to have her in my life, shes been my best friend since the age of 11 & i know she will remain my best friend till the day we...
    dannieharvey dannieharvey 18-21, F 5 hrs ago

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    well tbh i have countless friends majority of them are girls but the y dont seems to be my true friends however i do have true friends to whom i m ready to die for coz they really...
    waris1 waris1 16-17, M 4 hrs ago

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    This isn't about a past relationship or anything. It's actually about pets. I used to have a cat named Misty whom I've had for seven years (the longest my family had ever owned...
    Jesxica Jesxica 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    The worst emotional pain is your first rejection and it happened to me in the first grade when i liked a boy but i knew i wasn't allowed to have a boyfriend. One day someone...
    Cheshirecupacat Cheshirecupacat 13-15, F 1 hr ago

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    I have to tell you the reason why I am the way I am. I am the way I am (crazy) because I have something wrong with my brain. And yes, I actually do belong in a mental hospital...
    AleaAndLexi AleaAndLexi 13-15, F 22 hrs ago

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    I hate it when people argue with me, and then end the argument by blocking me. Like. You blocking me without trying to finish the argument just takes all the fun out of it. like...