The only real cure for Anhedonia, Depression, Melancholia, and Schizophrenia
Anhedonia is the inability to experience pleasure or sustain happy thoughts. Those who have it avoid socialization or leisure activities. They would rather stay at home and do nothing. In short, they have no more hope.
French philosopher Théodule Armand Ribot introduced it in 1896. People who suffer from it appear to have their brain’s “pleasure circuit” turned off. [Everyday Christian Parent]
How science deals with anhedonia
Certain brain parts contribute to our mood; the prefrontal cortex is linked to the ventral striatum 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. Even the Mayo Clinic acknowledges it.
A hopeless life ahead, might as well quit?
Anhedonia is a hopeless state of “Saudade.” It can 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.
Neurologist and psychiatrist Victor Frankl is the father of Logotherapy. He had his own battle with anhedonia. Frankl asserts that mental depression is a battle of the mind. However, external circumstances can never break the spiritual self.
Anhedonia: A stronghold of Satan
If we look at the scriptures, it is clear that Satan uses hopelessness and unbelief to lure God’s children. When a person succumbs to anhedonia, the enemy has gained a foothold which is really Demonic oppression. [Signs of Demonic influence]
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Spiritual Warfare: The only known cure that works!
We have an enemy after our destruction (John 10:10). We have an enemy after our defeat (John 10:10). Spiritual warfare and deliverance are the only recourse should anhedonia set in. The deliverance process is not new, but many Christians are ill-equipped to do so. [Dr. Richard Ing] and deliverance are the only recourse when anhedonia sets in a person. The deliverance process is not new, but many Christians are ill-equipped to do so. [Dr. Richard Ing]
However, the hurdle of Spiritual Warfare is the faithlessness of a person to believe in God. There is no hope for unbelievers who embraces atheism and reject Jesus. The reason we must share the Gospel.
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.
There is no hope for those who reject Jesus.
The hope for those suffering from anhedonia
The seven promises of God for the hopeless
- 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)
- “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)
- 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.
- In Him, we have hope, we have peace, and we have life. (John 3:36)
- God tells you, “For I am the Lord who heals you!” (Exodus 15:26 ).
- Let not your hearts be troubled, do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
- Jesus promised never to leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6-8)