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  1. Are you on SSRI medication? If so, were you feeling like this before you started taking the meds? numbing of emotions is a 'side' effect reported by about 80% of people on SSRI medication. Anhedonia is also a sympom of depression but I think in that case it is more like a reluctance to do anything, for example difficulty getting out of bed, not wanting to shower etc.
  2. These are all symptoms of depression, dont worry that you have brain damage . This type of symptoms is more common in bipolar disorder and chaacterized by psychomotor retardation (slowing of thoughts and movement), severe concentration problems, anhedonia and non-reactive mood. They should reswolve as the depressive episode goes into remission
  3. There is actually a very large thread sticky'd above about exactly this condition. It is called answers to curing anhedonia (etc). YOu may want to check that. It is Do you have any idea what brought this on? did you have any pre-existing medical conditions or psychiatric like anxiety or psychotic? wheere you on any medication before it started?
  4. Yeah what I had improved over time. ALthough I sometimes have difficulty enjoying everyday things, making everything rather mundane, I can enjoy stuff like food, sex and relatinships with my close ones. When it was at its worst I couldnt even watch a movie or food.. Can you still enjoy some things or motivate yourself to watch tv or read? IF so that would be a good sign. It is difficult to explain but when it got better I could focus on watching TV but I still didnt care about any of it, nor feel any kind of emotional reaction to any of it, very bad place to be. That also gradually got better and now I really enjoy watching dance shows etc. How long have you had this and how persistent is it? did you have any breaks from it?
  5. Why do you attribute the anhedonia to your SSRI withdrawal? Anhedonia can also be a symptom of depression. Depressive anhedonia i is usually associated with severe depression (i.e. depression with melancholic features). Therefore with depressive anhedonia people usually also suffer from psychomotor retardation. Do you find that you move and think more slowly than normal or have difficulty making decisions? And how is your functional capacity? CAn you still work? Do you or have you ever suffered from psychosis? I think that these questions can help distinguish between iatrogenic and depressive anhedonia
  6. I think the most harmful thing you can do at this point is obsessing over your inability to experience pleasure. For me that once lead to intense, suicidal existential despair. I believe there is a relationship between the ability to experience pleasure (hedonic tone) and anxiety, such that continuous stress and anxiety dampen your emotional responsiveness. If you get obsessed with your lack of emotional response you can get stuck in a loop where you will want to desperately experience pleasure in order to rid yourself of the belief that you can no longer get pleasure from things. However the distress associated with this belief prevents you from experiencing pleasure and thus reinforces itself or creates hopeless thoughts centered around the meaninglessness of life without pleasure. So I think the best strategy is to adress the anxiety/OCD type thoughts and any life stressors first and be condifent in your body's ability to once again appreciate the beauty of things once you are in a better place, mentally
  7. So, next week i have a major life event. I will publicly defend my PhD thesis in front of my family, friends colleagues etc. From experience I know that I will be terrified during the 45 minute grill by professors. I try not to think about it too much, however I notice I am more tense and every once in a while I will be hit with a sudden anxious realization that there is not much time left before the defense. What I noticed though is that I have difficulty getting up in the morning, cannot be bothered to work much and I have to basically force myself to engage in work and other responsibilities. In addition, it appears that things I normally enjoy, like music or watching VODs don't really give me much pleasure at the moment. More in general , I have noticed the last couple of years, really, that my mood seems to shift from feeling normal, that is quite productive yet tense and anxious, which is totally fine for me, I don't really mind it, to feeling like I just described. I would like to know if anyone here has similar mood swings. Also I'd be interested to discuss to what degree others relate these types of mood swings to life stress? because for me, these mood swings appear somewhat random, but I did notice some trends. Like when the weather is grey or when I feel stressed I tend to feel worse. Has anybody identified similar triggers? Finally, does anyone think this is depresison or just normal?
  8. I think having no emotions at all plus problems motivating oneself actually could be apathy as well. However, I know whar you mean. when I was badly depressed my anxiety was numbed too. That is I didnt experience panic attacks or social anxiety. HOwever I did experience loads of ruminative thoughts/cognitive anxiety regarding my condition.
  9. You need help. Your are severely depressed right now, and you are blaming yourself for not being able to function at your usual level. The reality is that you cannot until the depression subsides. You will feel better with time, but I think you need to seek treatment and guidance from a professional. The hopeless thoughts are normal. I know It seems impossible that the depression will go away, but it will in time.
  10. So now you have three meds with a similar action on serotonin (effexor, celexa & Trazadone). It suggests your doctro doesnt know what the **** he is doing. I suggest looking for a psychiatrist rather then GP.
  11. What kind of joint pain do you experience? did you discuss these with your dr? Have you ever been tested for lymes,?? Maybe you have some kind of rheumatic disease, such as fybromyalgia.
  12. All those meds are of the same type (SSRI). Maybe try something else?
  13. yes, it is called SSRI induced apathy.
  14. sounds like 'dysthymia' to me. It is not an officail diagnosis anymore, but there is this prototypical person who is persistently depressed not completely incapacitated , whose symptoms are characterized by joylessness and associatead symptoms such as hopelessness, lack of appetite etc, whose symptoms started very early in life. Seems like you fit that picture
  15. try wellbutrin/bupropion or methylfenidate
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