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Korean Panax Ginseng for Anhedonia and Avolition - Negative Symptoms

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I was wondering if Korean\Panax Ginseng did anything to negative symptoms in schizoaffective disorder, like lack of pleasure - anhedonia - and avolition.

I don't have the will nor the pleasure to do anything and that irritates me. I can't pursue anything for any good length of time.

This is very troublesome. I don't know if it's from the medication I take or not.

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I have always thought that Panax Ginseng was contraindicated in any schizophrenia condition...have you done any peer-reviewed investigation of ginseng?

This might be a good place to start:

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But I found some rumors that panax ginseng alleviates in some 50% of the cases against a placebo but that it is not yet proven the efficacy thus it is too early to recommend taking it to alleviate symptoms. But I know some people take it.

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I believe you could tell your pdoc to give you something for Anhedonia and avolition. It won't treat it 100% but it helps very much.

I noticed a difference on avolition and anhedonia after being on Effexor and Luvox. It worked for me about 70% of the time.

I still feel I want to be euthanized every couple days even though I don't qualify. I am positive it's part of my mental illness.

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I don't want to be on more meds. Thats just it. If feel pleasure when I'm of meds, but on them no.

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Geodon (antipsychotic) caused me to have anhedonia and my psychiatrist agreed with me.   Every time I go on any antipsychotic I experience some anhedonia, but some drugs are worse than others for me.  Geodon was so bad I started to feel suicidal since I couldn't enjoy anything at all.  But about a month after I stopped Geodon, I was fine ok again... able to enjoy things. 

Talk to your doctor and see if you can try something different like Latuda or something newer and not as harsh. 

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