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The Depression Symptom That Robs Us of Joy

If you’ve ever faced depression in your life, you’re familiar with the way it makes you feel. The persistent sadness, low energy, disrupted sleep and missing motivation can make even the simplest daily activities seem too difficult to even contemplate.

There’s another symptom often interwoven with all the others, yet one that stands out as an especially discouraging aspect of depression. There’s a scientific term for it — anhedonia — but in everyday terms, it simply means that we can’t feel pleasure.

In my own experience, this has meant many things. For example, when I’m depressed I might feel zero enjoyment when visiting my favorite home store. Since I’m a decorating fanatic, this is a sure sign I am not well. The colors, textures and

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