ANHEDONIA – Is your teenager easily bored? Do activities that should bring him pleasure, or that used to bring him pleasure, no longer delight him? Does your teen often appear to be lethargic or even depressed? There is a good chance he’s experiencing a condition known as Anhedonia.
Anhedonia is not ADD, ADHD, or even Depression—although the symptoms are very similar. Anhedonia is a destruction of the pleasure center in the brain, which comes from unbridled multitasking on today’s popular electronic gadgets. It’s literally a 21st century phenomenon. Unfortunately, medication, instead of moderation, is too often given to our kids as a quick fix. The good news is that anhedonia is reservable, but parents are going to have to be pro-active in limiting their children’s techno usage.