Definition of anhedonia in English:

anhedonia

noun

mass nounPsychiatry
  • Inability to feel pleasure in normally pleasurable activities.

    • ‘Depression causes anhedonia (lack of pleasure in life and the original title of Woody Allen's ‘Annie Hall’), self reproach, suicidal ideation, and indecisiveness.’
    • ‘The anhedonia was pervasive, including sleeping problems, waking early and inability to concentrate in school, even in sports.’
    • ‘In addition, the odds of having a family history of alcohol or drug abuse, functional disability, and anhedonia were greater than three or four times those of patients with nonvascular depression.’
    • ‘In determining clinical response, a child was classified as a responder if scores for both depressed mood and anhedonia were < 2 (K-SADS-P) or as a non-responder if one were > 3.’
    • ‘The aforementioned findings suggest that immune activators produced anhedonia, or lack of interest in pleasurable stimuli.’
    • ‘It should be reiterated that the absence of PA denotes anhedonia, which Clark and Watson argued distinguishes depression from anxiety.’
    • ‘These feelings were accompanied by irritability, reduced appetite, insomnia, anhedonia and reduced energy.’
    • ‘Certain parallels have been made between the behavioral effects of the immune system, including anhedonia, and the behavioral changes and anhedonia found in depressed people.’
    • ‘This is true anhedonia, where activities that were once enjoyable are no longer.’
    • ‘Patients with CFS lack feelings of anhedonia, guilt, and decreased motivation classically seen in patients with depression. (26,27)’
    • ‘The most significant improvement was seen in symptoms of anhedonia, such as loss of energy, lack of motivation, emotional ‘numbness,’ sadness, inability to cope and worry.’
    • ‘The most commonly reported effects were irritability at home, being less able to deal with routine family problems, poor sleep, low mood and anhedonia, preoccupation with the suicide, and decreased self confidence.’
    • ‘The cannabis produced an initial beneficial effect for the patients in that the anergia, anhedonia, and low imaginative capacity caused by the antipsychotic were reversed.’
    • ‘In this age group, nonclassic symptoms such as aggression or risk-taking/self-destructive behaviors may be as common as anhedonia, sleep disturbance, fatigue or concentration problems.’
    • ‘The early clinical picture may be complicated by comorbid depression, apathy, anxiety, and anhedonia.’
    • ‘The essential feature of this specifier is a loss of interest in most activities, or lack of reactivity to usually pleasurable stimuli, i.e., anhedonia.’
    • ‘For example, schizophrenia often is characterized by a deficit syndrome that includes anhedonia, listlessness, and general impoverishment of thought, speech, and affect.’
    • ‘The Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale assesses symptoms of depression, such as depressed mood, anhedonia, and somatic complaints.’
    • ‘The most common symptoms include feelings of anhedonia (inability to experience pleasure in anything), guilt and suicidal ideation.’
    • ‘Rates of vegetative or subjective symptoms of depression were the same between AD patients with or without depressed mood or anhedonia.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from French anhédonie, from Greek an- ‘without’ + hēdonē ‘pleasure’.

Pronunciation

anhedonia

/ˌanhɪˈdəʊnɪə/