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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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'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 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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I have the friends I grew up with still in my life. I have the friends I worked with. We send each other gifts or cards, we text and will always stay in touch. But miles have...
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    My mother came for a visit to my house 5 years ago and has yet to leave... No seriously. She has been one of the most clingy, needy and emotionally abusive people that I've ever...
    tajadaja tajadaja 31-35, F 17 hrs ago

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    Guys, this (excuse my language) **** is not something to play with. It's not something for little kids and random people to do just for fun. It's meant to be taken maturely, and...
    HannahMarieX HannahMarieX 18-21 8 hrs ago

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    I can never sleep well. I always wake up randomly during the night. I also can't sleep unless i'm really cold, but i still have to have a blanket or two on me. I also have to be...
    white701 white701 18-21, M 10 hrs ago

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    I was born on the Philippines. As a baby I was adopted by my Swiss parents. I've always been told I've been a foundling and my biological parents probably died in a storm or...
    mishale80 mishale80 31-35, F 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    It makes me sad to see so much hate because a lot of people do not have perspective and/or understanding. I always feel the need to defend others, to help them be understood but I...
    topsykrit topsykrit 18-21, F 12 hrs ago

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    The evidence is everywhere--the global climate is changing and we have lots to do with it. Greedy jerks like the Koch brothers are committing crimes against humanity by actively...
    AboveTheTrees AboveTheTrees 46-50, F 8 hrs ago

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    I have earned multiple college degrees and in several different areas. I have dual degrees when it comes to bachelors and masters degrees. Also, I have a law degree. For those...
    middleagedfemalemom middleagedfemalemom 41-45, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    Even though I hang out with a group of people, I really don't fit in. I mean, they have their secrets. Their inside jokes and all. I am seldom let in on the jokes. I am 20 I know I...
    BleedAshes BleedAshes 18-21, M 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    So yeah I'm 17 and I haven't had a boyfriend. I have had a kiss but it was one of those icky disgusting ones when you're at a disco so I don't really count it as a kiss... I know I...
    eirbear eirbear 16-17, F 2 hrs ago

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    On Jan 2 2015 a tooth that got partially damaged from a skateboarding accident 15 years ago became so weak it needed to come out. I was eating a twix bar when I felt something...
    DarkPhoenix1985 DarkPhoenix1985 26-30, M 2 hrs ago

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    Hello everyone, first let me tell you how glad I am to have found this place. I am thirty and four days ago I was diagnosed with pvt...my journey has been a long one but let...
    beebsiebrooks beebsiebrooks 26-30, F 2 hrs ago

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    It's early Sunday morning here in Singapore. Someone on here wrote about open relationships. I'm ancient and single at present so I gave it a thought and wrote this response...
    tastyfrzz tastyfrzz 46-50 1 hr ago

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    Holy cow. I start my new high school on monday. Im nervous af!. I dont want to be noticed , but of course i have to go and be 6 foot 4 inches. So not being seen isnt easy for me...
    YungKhroniK YungKhroniK 13-15, M 14 hrs ago

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    I always wanted to have a relationship. The longest one was about 9 months thats it. It would be so nice to have one.
    igdesigner igdesigner 18-21, M 14 hrs ago

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    So I have PC and to be honest its not that bad but ocassionaly I get alittle depressed, nothing to bad. The main problem is that I'm insecure with girls and that's causing...
    sweefp sweefp 16-17 13 hrs ago

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    I always will love alvin and the chipmunks Simon was always my favorite when I looked at him for the first time I knew it was meant to be me and him I often got bullied because of...
    Rudolphlover28 Rudolphlover28 18-21, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    I'm trying to overcome it. It's difficult but not 100% impossible. I will get there, it takes time but it is making my new relationship hard. Something has triggered it. I've...
    topsykrit topsykrit 18-21, F 2 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    ... by absolutely no one. I have a terrible singing voice. But I'm fantastic at lip-syncing :D
    lulubees lulubees 18-21, F 10 hrs ago

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    I'm a 34 G now. My breasts have become larger as I have developed a little belly and put on some weight.
    rachelle87 rachelle87 26-30, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    I have a tibial plateau fracture. I have 10 more weeks of no weight bearing and I might lose my mind
    susanj34 susanj34 36-40, F 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I have a strict morning routine. As soon as I wake, I go into the walkin closet of my soul. I pick out a smile for my face, a thankfulness for my heart, a helpful task for my hands...