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Anhedonia and lack of pleasure. What causes it? - 4 June 2022

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In the video, the speaker discusses experiencing anhedonia, which is the inability to feel pleasure or interest in things that were previously enjoyable. They express a lack of emotion and excitement, and mention being on medications such as Zoloft, Valium, and Trazodone. The speaker seeks input from others who may have gone through or are going through similar experiences.

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Elijah talks about his experience with anhedonia, the lack of pleasure or emotion towards things he used to love.
Anhedonia is the inability to feel pleasure or excitement even when positive things happen.
Elijah feels no emotion or excitement even when he's at a Filipino concert with upbeat music.
He mentions that the lack of pleasure started last year, possibly related to a high dose of Ambien and cold turkeying Valium for sleep.
Elijah discusses his emotions and worries, mentioning a lack of empathy, constant worry about the future, and feeling somewhat normal after 3 or 4 p.m.
He feels no empathy and is always worried, especially about the future.
Elijah hasn't started tapering yet but was on a high dose of Ambien last year after cold turkeying Valium for sleep.
He mentions not feeling any emotion or excitement, except for feeling somewhat normal after 3 or 4 p.m.
Elijah talks about the lack of emotion and pleasure, wondering if it's a side effect of getting off Ambien last year.
Elijah feels a lack of pleasure and emotions, which he describes as horrific on top of his other anxiety issues.
He is concerned if the lack of emotions is a side effect of getting off Ambien last year, as he hasn't even started his taper yet.
Elijah mentions the medication he is currently on: 100mg of Zoloft, 20mg of Valium three times a day, and 25mg of Trazodone at night.
💫 FAQs about This YouTube Video

1. What is anhedonia?

Anhedonia is the lack of pleasure or the inability to feel pleasure from activities that were once enjoyable. It can also involve a decrease in the motivation to engage in those activities.

2. What are the symptoms of anhedonia?

The symptoms of anhedonia include the inability to feel pleasure, a lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities, and a diminished ability to feel or express emotions.

3. How is anhedonia different from sadness or depression?

Anhedonia is a specific symptom of depression, but it is different from general sadness. While sadness is a normal emotion that everyone experiences from time to time, anhedonia goes beyond sadness and can be a core feature of major depressive disorder.

4. What can cause anhedonia?

Anhedonia can be caused by various factors, including depression, substance abuse, chronic stress, and certain medical conditions such as schizophrenia or personality disorders.

5. How is anhedonia treated?

Anhedonia is often treated through a combination of therapy and medication. Therapy can help address underlying issues contributing to anhedonia, while medication, such as antidepressants, may help regulate the brain chemicals associated with pleasure and mood.