“What Is Anhedonia?” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a nice weekend. Lets start our busy week with some interesting articles. Lets begin!

1) What Is Anhedonia?

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO loved going to monthly book club meetings and stopped participating? How about a friend who enjoyed being part of your weekly lunch gathering who’s ghosted the group? Have you ever had a tennis buddy who inexplicably lost all interest in playing?

People who are unable to experience joy from activities that once brought them delight and satisfaction may be suffering from anhedonia, a symptom of a raft of psychiatric disorders marked by a lost or greatly decreased capacity to experience joy and pleasure from the things and people that typically provided joy. People with anhedonia may lose interest not only in hobbies and social gatherings, but even in food and sex.

2) UK mental health experts come together to tackle treatment challenges

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Mental Health Translational Research Collaboration (TRC) brings together the NIHR’s Biomedical Research Centres and Clinical Research Facilities, and the NIHR Mental Health MedTech Co-operative.

The initial focus of the collaboration will be on trying to better understand treatment-resistant depression and better-identifying people deemed to be ‘at risk’ of developing mental illness. It will also develop well-defined patient groups who have consented to be recalled to future mental health research studies, in order to increase the numbers of people with mental health conditions taking part in experimental medicine studies and trials.

3) Smoking Rates Remain High Among Those With Mental Health Conditions

Nationwide initiatives to decrease cigarette smoking prevalence have not accommodated individuals with mental health or substance use disorders.

4) Never Call Someone an “Alcoholic” or “Addict”

Everyone has gotten used to calling those who struggle with alcohol and drugs “alcoholics” and “addicts.” But could that habit be making the problem worse? New research say yes.

5) Suicide Notes Suggest ‘Chilling’ Role of Chronic Pain

Clinicians may need to reprioritize chronic pain as a risk factor for suicide, a new study suggests.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for more articles.

Best Regards,

Vikram


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