Anhedonia is a condition characterized by a complete lack of pleasure or partial loss of experiencing and enjoying life as well as everything that happens. At the same time, a person loses activity, motivation for activities that previously usually brought pleasure. This activity includes sports, music, hobbies, sexual activity and various social interactions.
Anhedonia refers to an abnormal state of mind. The term was first introduced by T. Ribot in 1886 to describe liver diseases. In the future, it began to be used by Kraepelin and Bleuler in describing the emotional defect of schizophrenia. A similar term "social agnosia", manifested in the inability of the psychopathic personality to experience the joy and pleasure of life, introduced Wilhelm Reich into psychoanalysis.
Other researchers believe that anhedonia is not a sign of schizophrenia, but a consequence of mental disorders and a low socioeconomic as well as educational level. However, it is noticed that anhedonia is also observed in somatic disorders. The lack of pleasure is attributed by researchers to a part of various syndromes - dementia, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). And anhedonia is not considered a disorder, but only a symptom of a disorder.
Anhedonia is pronounced in narcissuses and in borderline personalities. Individuals of the first category need to receive feelings of love on the rise. Yesterday’s level of love is not enough for them, and after parting with his own watering, the sick person can become depressed. People with borderline disorders also quickly cease to feel loved and accepted, and this is a start to changes in relationships. They are not enough that they have, and they arrange a provocation partner in order to feel loved. At some point an explosion occurs when the patients do not feel anything. It happens that a person often gets into the habit of destroying the feeling of pleasure on his own. After feeling pleasant, he is alarmed, gives in to doubts about the right to feel and asks the question: what was it?