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Or you watch your favorite movie.  You usually laugh at certain parts and really enjoy it.  But this time you feel nothing. 

In both situations your emotions are numb.  You desperately want to feel enjoyment.   You want to be having fun but the emotion feels dead.

Sadly this is the way many people who have anxiety and depression feel.  The loss of enjoyment affects daily living.  Activities that once were fun such as sports, shopping, cooking, playing video games and spending time with family all lose the pleasure they once gave.

There’s a physical reason for your loss of enjoyment.  The factors which contribute to depression and anxiety disorders such as stress, trauma, abuse, worry, and fear deplete the neurotransmitters in your brain, such as dopamine and serotonin.   These neurotransmitters help us feel pleasure.

Our body can replenish these neurotransmitters so that you can feel enjoyment once again.   Your doctor may prescribe medication to aid this process.   Activities such as taking a warm bath[1], eating a healthy diet[2], exposure to sun light[3] and exercise[4] also significantly contribute to replenishing neurotransmitters.

Your body can replenish your depleted neurotransmitters.  It takes time, but there is great hope for you!



[1] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/inner-source/201407/cold-splash-hydrotherapy-depression-and-anxiety
[2] http://www.doctoroz.com/article/dopamine-diet
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2077351/
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2077351/

Anxiety, Depression and the Loss of Enjoyment




One of the most frustrating aspects of having depression or an anxiety disorder is the loss of enjoyment.

Imagine yourself sitting on a white sandy beach in Hawaii.  The sun is shining.  The turquoise ocean water is sparkling.   You hear the sound of the waves crashing on the beach.  You look around and see all the happy people smiling and having a great time.