I am joining this community for support and to hear about others with similar problems and what they may be doing for their symptoms, I suffer from debilitating depression.anxiety and worst of all anhedonia. While signing up the term anhedonia did not come up so I guess I might need to define it to some. Anhedonia is a condition, at least the way I experience it, where I am unable to feel emotional pleasure. With the exception of music which still gives me a certain amount of pleasure. I think it is due to my anxiety because on rare occasions when I feel genuinely relaxed (this is very rare) I can feel some pleasurable emotions. Ironically I can feel other peoples pleasurable emotions. When I am around a person who is very happy I can feel some happiness. This condition is true torture as I never feel any peace of mind.
I have also discovered that a drug called Tramadol when I take it on rare occasions (cannot take daily due to the fact that it is addictive) after 2 hours I suddenly get a burst of energy and for about 4 hours I feel normal and the anhedonia goes away somewhat, And I start to be motivated to do things. The only reason I have tried this is that other drugs don't help, In the 1990s I was on Lorazepam which worked great for ten years. Since 2000 it no longer worked. (I blame the greedy drug company Milan)
Lyrica is no being considered as a safer anxiolytic. But at $450.00 a prescription, I cannot afford it Has anyone had any success with other non-benzo tranquilizers? I also suffer from many phobias.