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Depression (including anhedonia which is an absence of pleasure) are, in a way, sort of like the flu. It comes and goes. You first get sick. But over time, the mind and body heal themselves and you are back to being completely well. This is because it is vital to get back to the state of your full normal well-being. Otherwise, your chances of survival (thriving in life) are slim. So it is vital that your mind and body restore its survival mechanisms. This would even include pleasure since pleasure is something vital for our thriving and survival in life. Far more people feel depressed having an absence of pleasure than there are people who are fine with and accept an absence of pleasure. This would be because pleasure is so vital to our survival as I've said before. Depression, in addition to being perhaps a chemical imbalance, can also be a natural stressful response. Depression can sometimes be a response that warns us that something is wrong in our lives that we need to change. This holds true in my case since my depression is not a chemical imbalance or anything of the sort at all. Rather, it is a response to my anhedonia (absence of pleasure). This depression response (feeling of hopelessness) is warning me that I must have my life of full pleasure that I solely value so much in order for me to live a good worthwhile life.

Therefore, since pleasure is so very important for me and my life and is very important for many other people, then this is why the mind restores itself back to normal and that your full normal amount of pleasure should soon be fully restored back to you. You should be able to soon fully recover from depression and/or anhedonia and live the life of full pleasure that makes a vital part of your one and only life good and worth living. However, my anhedonia has been going on for 7 months, there are never any brief moments of pleasure, and it still hasn't gotten any better. As a matter of fact, it has only gotten worse over time and I am now left with complete chronic anhedonia. Therefore, I think I might have some condition that is preventing me from recovering. Usually, when you get the flu, you soon recover over time. But you then have some people who have the flu for prolonged periods due to some other type of condition/abnormality perpetuating the flu. Therefore, this might be what is going on with me here. Therefore, once I take care of this condition that is preventing me from recovering from this anhedonia, then I should have my full pleasure back to me in life.

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You sound depressed to me. And you cannot just split off anhedonia from depression like that. The hopelessness and the anhedonia co-exist, one didn't cause the other. The anhedonia may bother you more, but they are both symptoms of depression.

 

You can be depressed a long time. 7 months is a long time, but by no means *that* long. My longest episode was 2 and a half years, and there are people here who have been depressed much longer than that. There is no "should" when it comes to the duration of depression.

 

I don't know where you get the idea that every second of life should be overflowing with pleasure, though. That isn't plausible. And there aren't people who are "fine" with anhedonia, that's a contradiction.

 

The condition preventing you from overcoming anhedonia is depression.

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Yep, anhedonia is a symptom of depression; it doesn't cause depression. I suggest you work on fully treating the depression. I don't know where you got the idea that some people are "fine" with anhedonia. Nobody is fine with it. We are all working to recover from it and the sooner, the better. I was lucky to find a med that has helped my anhedonia. I hope you find a med or meds also.

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This anhedonia is the result of brain damage due to stress since depression is stress. When the brain is damaged due to stress, the brain then turns off your pleasure and/or other emotions in order to repair this damage because having those emotions turned on anyway might cause serious and/or fatal problems.  As for the depression, this is a natural stress response in response to my anhedonia since I feel depressed since my pleasure was the one and only good thing in my life that made me and my life good and worth living.  Taking care of the depression is not going to help this anhedonia any since this anhedonia has something to do instead with brain damage and the brain trying to repair/restore itself.  Even though I did have a moment of severe chronic depression in the past and my anhedonia has immediately resulted from that depression, as this moment of severe chronic depression went away completely, my anhedonia has gotten worse and I am now stuck with complete anhedonia.  I was depressed in the past about my panic disorder being treatment resistant since there are people who have treatment resistant panic disorders.  But that severe depression has past and I am now left with severe chronic anhedonia.  I now feel only mildly depressed now having this anhedonia.  This depression was also somewhat severe at first.  But this depression has now been reduced to a minimal state while my anhedonia has been increased to the maximum chronic state.

 

Therefore, the depression is not the problem here.  I know that people do say that anhedonia is a symptom of depression.  But I'm not thinking the depression is the problem here anymore.  Rather, I think I might need to find ways that will help my brain repair itself more quickly so that I can recover my pleasure more quickly.

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You have a lot of hypotheses here about what's causing what - and who knows? You may be right, but you may just as well be completely, totally 100% wrong. Your doctor knows a lot more about the brain and mental illness - I'd really try telling them your hypotheses and your symptoms and listening to their thoughts with an open mind.

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