an·​he·​do·​nia | \ ˌan-(ˌ)hē-ˈdō-nē-ə How to pronounce anhedonia (audio) , -nyə \

Definition of anhedonia

: a psychological condition characterized by inability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable acts

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Other Words from anhedonia

anhedonic \ ˌan-​(ˌ)hē-​ˈdä-​nik How to pronounce anhedonic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of anhedonia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was being treated for depression, including different medications, the fourth of which finally helped to address a condition called anhedonia, an inability to experience pleasure. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Former ASU guard Robbi Ryan goes public with her mental health issues," 16 May 2020 But do Carol’s fuguelike depression, Anna’s psychosis and Bonnie’s clenched anhedonia really share DNA? Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Anatomy of a Suicide,’ Pain in Triplicate," 18 Feb. 2020 Another type dampens reward networks, robbing a person of the ability to feel pleasure, a depression symptom called anhedonia. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Brain scans could help personalize treatment for people who are depressed or suicidal," 20 Aug. 2019 Chronic-pain patients typically also suffer from anhedonia—the inability to experience pleasure—and research suggests that their brains’ reward systems are wired slightly differently from those in other brains. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "The Neuroscience of Pain," 9 May 2016 How was the anhedonia hypothesis overturned, and when? Angela Chen, The Verge, "Please stop calling dopamine the ‘pleasure chemical’," 27 Mar. 2018 Nolan has confused his native island with the anhedonia in his head. Christian Lorentzen, New Republic, "Dunkirk Manages to Make War Boring," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of anhedonia

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anhedonia

New Latin, from a- entry 2 + Greek hēdonē pleasure — more at hedonism

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The first known use of anhedonia was in 1887

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“Anhedonia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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an·​he·​do·​nia | \ ˌan-hē-ˈdō-nē-ə How to pronounce anhedonia (audio) \

Medical Definition of anhedonia

: a psychological condition characterized by inability to experience pleasure in acts which normally produce it — compare analgesia

Other Words from anhedonia

anhedonic \ -​ˈdän-​ik How to pronounce anhedonic (audio) \ adjective
anhedonic noun

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