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Is this anhedonia? Anyone else felt this?


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Did anyone else feel disconnected from the people you love? I know I love everyone but I don’t feel anything, I don’t care about many things anymore. I just feel emotionally exhausted and like a different person.
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I definitely felt so disconnected from actually feeling love for people that I knew I loved.  This does pass.  I still get it coming and going, but for the most part I can actually feel the caring for people again.
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Wow I noticed this about myself too and wondered why I felt so apathetic about my closest relationships.  Thought I was just becoming emotionally cold in my older age...Glad to hear this should resolve.
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I'm 6 weeks into CT after 2 months use.  I feel like it's the brain's way of protecting itself from all of this pain.  I just had my first experience today with joy and laughing.  It was nice. You will have these moments too.
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Anhedonia is linked to low dopamine. This normally helps with pleasure and reward cascade for drinking, drugs, sex. Dopamine also helps to regulate motivation. It gets low during withdrawal.

 

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/dopamine-affects-how-brain-decides-whether-goal-worth-effort

 

Additionally orexin, a chemical associated with wakefulness, appetite, and arousal, can also be high or low. Many in WD report little to no sex drive- could be low orexin or dopamine.  People with insomnia get too much; narcolepsy is too little.  Orexin increases with long periods of stress.

 

Both can be raised/lowered by dietary choices.

Orexin

https://www.healthcentral.com/slideshow/best-and-worst-foods-for-narcolepsy

Dopamine

https://anxiety-gone.com/top-10-foods-that-boost-dopamine-levels-naturally/

 

One of the many "perks" of WD. Best of luck to all.

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I have this and have had it for a while. The benzos have stolen all joy or excitement from me. I do have windows here and there when it lets up and can actually laugh and enjoy things. But right now I'm at possibly an all-time low and really struggling.
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