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Could a Paleo diet cure Anhedonia?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM

I don't get depressed anymore, but I still have this to deal with.

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Diet isn't a cure for everything. Anhedonia can be caused by a number of factors, like antidopaminergic neuroleptics or antipsychotic drugs. It can also stem from a defect in the organic production of dopamine. It can also be existential, e.g., rooted in dismay that the material rewards that Western society are largely based on achieving are fairly empty of intrinsic meanings.

Do you understand the root cause of your anhedonia?

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I've found that a paleo diet evens out my mood, but doesn't elevate it (I have a genetic mutation that interferes with my dopamine levels). Have you taken a look at The Mood Cure - the author has some specific prescriptions both in terms of nutrition and supplement to deal with mood disorders. It hasn't really done anything for me, but it might at least help you get a better handle on any physiological causes, if there are any.

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