The only cure for Anhedonia and it’s not drugs or therapy

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What is anhedonia?

Anhedonia is the diminished capacity to experience pleasure, first introduced by Théodule French philosopher Armand Ribot. Those who have it lose interest in hobbies, friends, or even having sex.

They can’t sustain happy thoughts. For example, a great dancer loses interest in dancing. In short, the brain’s pleasure circuits are turned off.

Anhedonia can also happen after a traumatic event, neglect, or self-focus. Doctors often mislabel anhedonia as extreme depression or melancholia.

Signs and Symptoms of anhedonia

  • Avoids conversation that leads to expressive happy emotions.
  • Refuses to join pleasurable activities or attend social gatherings.
  • Lack of interest in sexual activity with a partner.
  • Recurring depression.

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Reward circuits that cause us to feel happy

The nucleus accumbens of the brain is the “reward circuit” that operates two neurotransmitters: Dopamine (promotes desire) and Serotonin (satisfaction or inhibition).

The brain releases them after having a sense of rewards like being loved or shopping. Without these brain chemicals, we feel sad and empty.

Satan can play tricks on our minds

People who suffer from anhedonia are linked to feelings of being “unloved” or having no hope. Since they are purposeless, the brain has no reason to generate a sense of “reward.”

The Bible says Satan is a deceiver (Revelation 20:10) and can blind our minds (2 Corinthians 4:4). He wants to devour us, and the most common lie he tells us is that we have no hope.

What follows is depression and, sometimes, anhedonia.

The only cure for anhedonia, depression, or melancholia

Chronic depression can be traced from the family’s mental history. New studies show genes are associated with anhedonia. [Nature]

Whether it’s schizophrenia, depression, or melancholia, these mental disorders begin in the brain. No wonder the Bible tells us to possess the “Mind of Christ,” not of carnality (1 Cor. 2:13-16).

Only Jesus can free our minds from the lies of Satan, who wants us to believe we’re condemned (Romans 8:1). The only treatment for anhedonia is His love.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Pray and ask for the ‘peace of God’ that transcends all understanding

Science acknowledges the correlation between prayer and healing (NCBI). The Bible tells us repeatedly that true joy and peace only come from God. Ask Jesus for healing.

Philippians 4:8
Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I see the logic in taking a spiritual approach, but at the same time, I HIGHLY doubt that anyone who has ever suffered from anhedonia would ever write such an article, making it sounds like it’s just a simple matter of praying and, poof, it’s gone.

    When one has anhedonia it feels like love, Jesus, God, etc NO LONGER EXIST. It’s the worse feeling in the world.

    • I have anhedonia too and honestly prayer hasn’t helped me. I’m not saying that prayer doesn’t work, just that my anhedonia has not gone away and I’ve been praying for years. It really is horrible.

  2. I guess it’s Gods’ plan for some of us to suffer. I pray everyday, mainly for my son who suffers as well. Neither of us have gotten better. We both have thoughts of suicide sometimes. I don’t blame God. I still believe in Jesus and I know he died for our sins. I really don’t understand, but I am not God. Though my faith is weak, I try to keep faith in Him and I pray he comes back soon and ends all our suffering. All we can do is keep waiting and trusting in him. I pray anyone reading this is blessed with the ability to have joy again, in Jesus’ name, Amen

  3. Wish I knew what I was clicking on in advance, smh. May earth one day emerge from the dark ages of religious nonsense. This irresponsible article can drive people to suicide. Millions pray for justice and humane treatment, for thousands of years. And when people pray n pray n pray and nothing happens, spiritual abusers will tell them it’s their fault or they are doing it wrong or in the wrong church. I can’t with this.

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