Anhedonia refers to a difficulty or total inability to experience joy or pleasure. Individuals with anhedonia no longer enjoy hobbies or activities that were once fun for them. Anhedonia can occur independently or as a component of a psychological disorder such as depression or schizophrenia.
Depression is a serious psychological condition that reduces enjoyment of life and may lead to suicide. Treatment is most successful when symptoms are noticed early on. Common signs of depression include changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns, social withdrawal, fatigue, and anhedonia.
Anhedonia is the inability to experience joy and can indicate the presence of mental illness. Anhedonia is often treated with psychotherapy including cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy, antidepressant medications, or alternative treatment options such as yoga and walking.
Depression medications refer to a broad category of psychotropic drugs used to treat symptoms of depression. The various types differ from one another in terms of mechanisms of action, efficacy, and side effects.