The only real cure for Anhedonia, Depression, Melancholia, Schizophrenia
Anhedonia is the inability to experience pleasure or sustain happy thoughts. The result is depression, and those who have it avoid socialization or leisure activities. They would rather stay at home and do nothing.
French philosopher Théodule Armand Ribot introduced it in 1896. People who suffer from it appear to have their brain’s “pleasure circuit” turned off. (Christian Parent)
The science behind anhedonia
It’s like a state of being “Saudade,” anhedonia could also be triggered by a nostalgic or profound longing for something or someone. It’s simultaneously having a positive outlook on the future. However, anhedonia does not look at life positively.
Certain parts of the brain contribute to our mood; the prefrontal cortex is linked to the ventral striatum that’s tied to motivation and reward; the amygdala is for decision making. If there’s an imbalance, the connection shuts down.
To fix it, doctors may prescribe ketamine-based antidepressants or other drugs. Supplements known to increase serotonin may help. Generally, medications and psychotherapy don’t always work, and even the Mayo Clinic acknowledges this.
→ How Apostle Paul overcame depression
The only known cure that works
Today, we see the sudden rise of new atheism in the name of political tolerance. As the hatred for God grows, we see a pattern of increase in depression and suicide. We have an enemy after our destruction (John 10:10). Satan is crafty, organized, and depression is one of his tools. By stealing our joy and throwing lies in our brain (John 8:44), we lose hope.
The Living Water
Those who believe in God have hope through the “living waters” in Jesus. Hopelessness is the opposite of why Jesus came down from heaven. In Him, we have life. When He returns, God will restore the kind of life He intended for us (John 3:36). God tells you, “For I am the Lord who heals you!” (Exodus 15:26 ).
If you believe that Jesus can raise the dead and that He is the resurrection and life (1 Corinthians 15:12-20), He too can lift you out of your depression, but you need to believe. Jesus said, “The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” (John 7:38)
→ Why are you an atheist?
Jesus is your only hope, ask Him to save you!
If you feel wounded by hopelessness, Jesus is your healer. Christ is our only hope who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). Remember that those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)