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I Have Anhedonia

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    not really sure what to say as this is not a subject I'm really comfortable with , guess I will start by saying I was taken from my birth mom at 18 months due to severe abuse and...
    RedsSaphire RedsSaphire 31-35, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    I have dealt with strabismus my entire life. I've had 4 surgeries from the age of 6 months old to 7 years old just to save my eye sight. I'm so grateful for all my wonderful doctor...
    n0nnahss n0nnahss 22-25, F 2 hrs ago

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    I have blue eyes, obviously you can't tell because you cannot see my entire face. XD but they're blue. And I'm blind as a bat.
    IngensImpetum IngensImpetum 18-21, M 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    i'm sick of hearing people say''family is everything.there's nothing more than family''and they meant family means blood. NO,that is not true. I had been phisically,sexually abused...
    JerryJerryA JerryJerryA 31-35, F 4 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I have my own principles. If you dont like it. I have others.
    IncongruousAnne IncongruousAnne 26-30, F 2 hrs ago

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    I use to be an alcoholic and it's been 2 and half years since I quit drinking. Four months has gone by since I quit smoking cigarettes. I also quit drinking soda pop, yes coke...
    jonnygoode74 jonnygoode74 36-40, M 3 hrs ago

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    I've noticed different sub-personalities within me that affect my moods and behavior. However, I do not have a multiple personality disorder. I do not experience abrupt shifts from...
    DarkPathos DarkPathos 51-55, M 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    I have gone from a severely traumatic childhood amongst other things to a young women setting out to change the world. I will be opening my own charity towards the end of 2016...
    Kissedbyarose Kissedbyarose 22-25, F 2 hrs ago

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    Ok I'm a 15 year old girl that is pretending to be a guy online. I talked to a few girls but there's this one in particular, I've talked to this girl for nearly 2 months. I'm...
    libby96 libby96 13-15, F 1 hr ago

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    Two months clean. I think I'm doing good, really. I haven't been constantly wanting to kill myself, so that's a start. I think I can actually do it this time. I hope so. Maybe I'll...
    TheRogueWolf TheRogueWolf 18-21, F 1 hr ago

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    Hi! I was recently diagnosed, and I don't think my current regimen of nortriptyline is helping. I am still in constant pain, and I have no energy. Can you all tell me what...
    jsho86 jsho86 26-30, F 1 Response 58 mins ago

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    About three weeks ago I overdosed on Ativan. I had to go to the Emergency Room and several hours later was sent to a Mental Institution. It helped a little to go there, I learned a...
    barbee0 barbee0 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    I have a craving for a Milf right now.
    needbetter needbetter 31-35, M Dec 29, 2014

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    I really don't talk to anyone about my problems anymore... everyone else seems to have their own problems and I don't wanna give them more... so I just keep it to myself... plus I...
    smpoetry smpoetry 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    I've recently found another trigger to my anxiety : Spending money. It usually only hits me if I spend it on something I'm iffy about or I'm gambling and lose. (Excluding bets...
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    Why is it that we all want what we can't have? Or why do we want the bad over the good. Then there's the people that want us but we don't want them back. It's a vicious cycle...
    heaven89 heaven89 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    I have a kik, if u want my username, message me :P
    ItsKimmy ItsKimmy 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 29, 2014

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    Does anyone have any like physical symptoms that they are aware of before a transition or like do you have friends, family, spouses that notice any physical signs/symptoms before a...
    xobeautynvrdiesxo xobeautynvrdiesxo 26-30, T 3 Responses Dec 29, 2014

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    So I'm looking for a specific quote. I don't remember how it exactly what it was so I was hoping you guys could help me. It talked about how "when you want someone you trying...
    skyblue914 skyblue914 16-17, F Dec 29, 2014

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    Does anyone's spouse show physical symptoms that they are about to have a transition to one of their alters? or has anyone around you ever noticed any physical signs/symptoms...
    xobeautynvrdiesxo xobeautynvrdiesxo 26-30, T 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    What have been your experiences with passive aggressive manipulative people ? How do you manage not wanting to drive them into a wall? Thanks.
    AquariusLife AquariusLife 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 29, 2014

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