Anhedonia is the inability to enjoy pleasure at a very severe level. This is a chemical change in the brain caused by dopamine flooding the pleasure centers to the point that they no longer work correctly, which can lead to clinical depression and suicide. This dopamine flooding can be caused by many different things, but is usually found in cocaine and meth addicts.
You might be saying so what, but the scary thing is that our children are in real danger of suffering this problem due to daily over stimulation. If your kids, who are involved fifty different activities weekly, are constantly telling you they are bored this is a symptom. I am not trying to scare anyone because this condition is 100% reversible. We need to slow down the amount of stimulation that our kids get. When was the last time the kids played quietly with a non-electronic devise? Do your kids play with blocks, dolls, or cars?
When I was a kid we rarely were indoors and TV was a treat. We made forts in the woods and played with matchbox cars in the driveway. The toys were simple like Tonka trucks and bikes. Do your kids read for fun? I have had a hard time passing these simple pleasures on to my kids, but I see I have done them a great disservice. Video games are addictive and fast paced movies are what they crave, but it isn't what they need. A good book can open a whole world of adventure without creating adrenaline junkies.
You might be asking, why would I post on this issue. I will tell you that the generation of adrenaline junkies that we are raising is going to have to have more and more stimulus until it kills them or we help them break the habit. Also, if you are an adrenaline junkie and find yourself depressed all the time there is hope. Slow down and let your brain heal. If it is too far gone then seek professional help.
The public service announcement was brought to you by a recovering adrenaline junkie. If you disagree let me hear it.