Hope for Families with a Member who Lost Interest in Life
Many people will experience a loss interest or pleasure in things that they used to find enjoyable. However, for some people, a symptom of depression called anhedonia may have become a part of their day-to-day life and may even be affecting their daily functioning. Anhedonia is the loss of pleasure or interest in things you previously enjoyed. You may find this symptom to be particularly distressing, though you may not be the only one impacted by your anhedonia. Watching a loved one experience loss of interest or pleasure can be difficult as well.
It may not be easy watching someone you care about experience anhedonia. You may feel as if you are silently sitting on the outside, feeling helpless and not knowing what to do. As troubling as Anhedonia can be for those experiencing it, it’s important for the person to know he or she is not alone. You may be wondering what you can do to help or what support is available for those experiencing a loss of interest.
The Symptoms to be Mindful Of
When an individual is experiencing depression they may find it difficult to feel the slightest job in otherwise good news. You may be experiencing this yourself or observing it in someone close to you. It may be difficult to find or stir any happiness or animated response.
Apart from the loss of joy, other related symptoms may include flat moods, social withdrawal, loss of appetite and loss of sex drive. It remains unknown what exactly causes anhedonia, although it is believed to be related to the chemical composition of the brain. For others, it may be triggered by a life-changing event such as the death of a loved one, a pet, or excessive amounts of stress.
The Kind of Help You can Offer
Caring for someone with Anhedonia can be difficult. The truth is you may be limited in the amount of help you can provide to a family member or another individual experiencing anhedonia. It may be doubly challenging if the person refuses to seek treatment. No matter how good your intention is, the person who is experiencing such symptoms will need to want the help themselves before the real work may begin.
In situations like these it may be beneficial to consult a credible therapist to help you understand what you need to know about the disorder. The experts can assist you with strategies on how to set the stage necessary for the person to undergo the treatment needed.
The Right People to Approach
Look no further than Fuquay-Varina office of Carolina Counseling Services when you or your family member is ready to begin to overcome their anhedonia. Licensed, independently contracted counselors can provide psychological services to treat Anhedonia and prevent it from depriving you and your family from fun and enjoyment. Call now to request an appointment. It’s time to end the hold that anhedonia may have had on your life.
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