Anhedonia is a state in which person is not able to express or feel joy even in midst of pleasurable experiences. While it is generally found in people suffering from depression but is not always a part of it. One out of every five people is affected by depression which is triggered by brain imbalance, physical illness and sad events. Antidepressant medicines can deal with this problem only partially.
Depression is also a state of intense sadness but in this, the individual does feel brief joyful moments in certain circumstances, unlike Anhedonia where even the slightest feeling of joy is not felt by the person. Besides the loss of joy, there are other symptoms too. Flat moods, social withdrawal, loss of hunger along interest in routine activities are also common problems faced by the person.
The cause of Anhedonia is still unknown in many cases. Patients with schizophrenia, suffer from this problem due to chemical imbalance causing disorder. In many cases, this problem is aggravated by the loss of loved ones, loads of stress and life-altering events. Anhedonia also places strain on relationships and is generally accompanied by losing the sex drive.
Some of the commonly used methods for treating Anhedonia are psychotherapy, antidepressants, and Milieu therapy. Patients suffering from this problem have also benefited from holistic health plans of physical activity, yoga, restorative and deep sleep and goal setting. Such exercises and approaches help in alleviating stressful events and yoga also helps in raising Serotonin levels of the brain which is good for fighting depression.
You need to assure the patients suffering from Anhedonia that they are not alone. Many people suffer from problems of loss of interest and joy but it is not a permanent state. Regarding medical interventions, it is advisable to investigate the side effects of drugs that are used for treating Anhedonia while seeking counseling. While antidepressants can assist in getting out of this problem but have side effects that include insomnia, anxiety, nausea and vision problems. So make sure that you get medications for these problems too.
Seek a healthy lifestyle that includes the elimination of sugary and processed foods, engaging in spiritual activities, exercises, and medication that are mentally stimulating and positive for you. Whatever treatment you choose, it is necessary to strive for well-being. No matter how difficult it is to overcome Anhedonia, motivation and a healthy lifestyle a key to getting over the dullness created by it.