Definition and Subtypes
Anhedonia is one of several neurovegetative symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder. It is characterized by a strong sense of finding no pleasure in activities that once brought joy to the individual. Anhedonia is a hallmark of clinical depression seen in approximately 70% of presentations (Shankman, et al., 2014).
Anhedonia tends to fall into two primary subtypes. You may experience one or both:
- Physical Anhedonia: Decreased pleasure in tactile and motor activities.
- Social Anhedonia: Decreased pleasure in being around friends and loved ones.
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