Do many have trouble with the inability to feel pleasure? Anhedonia is a drag for me because the empty experience of life makes it hard to continue making the effort to deal with pain as well.
I continue to trudge through things I used to enjoy (apparently fMRI scans say the circuits still fire but not as strongly) and try to be interested and mindful so I can recover but it's pretty blah. Any tips/experiences?
Mate your reading the story of my life, it's almost cost me my marriage and my life, and I still try sometimes to do things I used to enjoy but it's very difficult.
On a less suicidal note, I have found that very emotive music helps, I use Within temptation, Delain, Epica, to name a few, and not all the songs just the ones that resonate with me and that can change week to week or day to day, they help on days when the world is grey.
Im up for a chat if you like just PM me and I'll give you my mobile.
“All the elements in your body were forged many, many millions of years ago, in the heart of a far away star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of deep space. And came together to form you, you are unique in the universe.
Marriage, work and social life are heavily impacted when one is dealing with chronic pain, the overwhelming sense of loss kicks in, we feel as though we are a burden in life, and lose our identities, we get caught in a rut, stop doing activities because they increase pain.
It is what has to change in moving forward, getting out, even if we don't feel like it, it doesn't have to involve long days, we learn to pace when doing chores, the same approach can be taken when going out, small steps, most find once they have bitten the bullet, they enjoy the time out, as one of the biggest tools in a chronic pain persons toolbox kicks in, distraction, the key is not overdoing it.
I'm having trouble finding the words to talk about this stuff but it is helpful to know that others struggle as well. Thanks for responding.
Typing is easier because speaking about it generally either leads to tears etc or no emotion at all... can't really find an appropriate in-between yet but when I do I think I have to take you up on your offer.
Keep on keeping on I suppose... biting the bullet is tough but the alternative is worse. It's good advice.
Depression is a scary one! I know that even on my good days if something happens to stress me out I become a blubbering wreck! I find it really frustrating as I have always been the strong one in the family and now I can barely keep my emotions in check
I really look forward to the day that feels like I've got it all under control! One day maybe
"Just thinkin' about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow 'til there's none
When I'm stuck with a day that's grey and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say, oh
The sun will come out tomorrow
So you gotta hang on
'til tomorrow, come what may!"