Dopamine is a chemical in your brain released as a “reward” in response to behavior that the body wants to encourage, so getting food, having sex, these all produce a dopamine release. No dopamine = no sense of reward, so instead of feeling great that you got that promotion, got an A on that paper, smacked the game winning homerun, or even did something as simple as left your room and sat on a hillside on a sunny day, you just dont care
So how does one fix it ?
Wellbutrin, if you wish to go the pharmaceutical route. Or you could try consciously put effort into enjoying life. People tend to be detached emotionally from the little things that make life worth living. It seems in this day and age we forget where we come from, and what makes us human.
Id suggest paying more attention to things, relaxing, trying to clear your head a bit, and doing things you really love doing.
Wellbutrin is supposed to increase the action of dopamine. But results vary tremendously between individuals, and it’s not common for any anti-depressant that I know of to do a great job curing anhedonia or apathy. It’s certainly worth a try for a guy like this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did not seem to do a whole lot.
The problem with a guy in this situation, or anyone with major depression, is that there IS nothing you really love doing. Loving doing things depends on a healthy brain with balanced neurotransmitters. Without that healthy brain, everything seems pointless and nothing pleasurable. It is truly hard to imagine if you have not experienced it. [/quote]
Ya its just crazy though, its like im living with an actual hermit !
Been mates with him since forever, he never gave a crap in school, and when we moved in like 3 years ago he literally sits in his room… and thats IT
His mother cleans his clothes, he buys pre made meals, he used to go to the gym but now i rarely see him going.
What he is doing isn’t living, i’d class it as existing… the guy doesnt work, doesnt spend any money except on his food.
When i saw More Pains post, it was like he was talking about my mate, if there is a drug that can make him live again then i’ll do my damnest to see if i can figure it out for him.
If i don’t his life is just useless.