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Lack of Interest(Anhedonia)

Psychiatric Disorder

Lack of Interest(Anhedonia)

People who experience anhedonia have lost interest in activities they used to enjoy and have a decreased ability to feel pleasure. It’s a core symptom of major depressive disorder, but it can also be a symptom of other mental health disorders. Some people who experience anhedonia don’t have a mental disorder.

The two main types of anhedonia are social and physical anhedonia.

  • Social anhedonia is a disinterest in social contact and a lack of pleasure in social situations.
  • Physical anhedonia is an inability to feel tactile pleasures such as eating, touching, or sex.

The symptoms of anhedonia include:

  • Social withdrawal
  • A lack of relationships or withdrawal from previous relationships
  • Negative feelings toward yourself and others
  • Reduced emotional abilities, including having less verbal or nonverbal expressions
  • Difficulty adjusting to social situations
  • A tendency toward showing fake emotions, such as pretending you’re happy at a wedding
  • A loss of libido or a lack of interest in physical intimacy
  • Persistent physical problems, such as being sick often
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