In Psychology, Anhedonia refers to inability to experience pleasure or loss of interest in pleasurable things. It’s linked to depression and other mental health disorders like schizophrenia. Anhedonia could also be the cause or side effect of taking SSRIs (antidepressants).
Researchers studying the neurobiology of social anhedonia posit that this trait may be linked to dysfunction of reward-related systems in the brain. This circuitry is critical for the sensation of pleasure, the computation of reward benefits and costs, determination of the effort required to obtain a pleasant stimulus, deciding to obtain that stimulus, and increasing motivation to obtain the stimulus.
Do you like your job? Do you like where you live? Do you feel like routine you have set for yourself is rewarding or at least worth the mental effort? Does your environment and your social circle resonate your system of inner values? Does your workplace? Do you, at times, find yourself being an insignificant yet essential cog spinning in the meaningless machine of questionable standards you neither agree with nor support?
If so, welcome to Anhedonia. The place, the space, and the art of numbing yourself into survival.