Do rewards work on anhedonics?
February 27, 2013 12:42 PM Subscribe
I want to reward myself for getting things done, but my depression poisons everything fun. Depressed Mefites, have you found any ways to self-reward that break through anhedonia?
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I'm on medication and in therapy for depression, but while I'm trying to beat it I still need to get work done. A lot of productivity systems include some kind of self-reward--schedule your recreation first, take breaks, do something nice for yourself when you succeed. This makes a lot of sense to me, but I can't figure out how to implement it because all too often I can't think of anything that I look forward to doing. Go for a walk, hang out with a friend, eat a nice meal? Those are already obligations, things I should be doing more of to help with my depression. Indulge a favorite hobby? Hobbies take work to set up and usually just result in more opportunities for self-judgment. Buy myself something cool or get a massage? Could work, but my budget is too limited to do that especially often.
What can I try to break through the funk? Or am I thinking about this the wrong way? Maybe rewarding myself simply isn't something that will work while I'm in this state of mind, and I just need to find another strategy?