Anhedonia test (15 Items)


Anhedonia comes from the Greek an-, meaning ‘not, without’ and hedone, meaning ‘pleasure’. Hence, a person with anhedonia is without pleasure.

Specifically, anhedonia is when a person no longer finds previously pleasurable things and activities pleasurable.

It is the main symptom of depression and is also present in other mental health conditions like:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance abuse disorders

Anhedonia can occur independently of any mental health condition.

Anhedonia is similar to emotional numbness. Emotional numbness is usually talked about in the context of avoiding emotional pain. Anhedonia is discussed in the context of pleasure- the inability to experience pleasure.

Of course, when you shut down your emotions, you shut down both positive (anhedonia) and negative (emotional numbness) emotions. So anhedonia and emotional numbness are really two sides of the same coin.

Emotional detachment, on the other hand, is essentially social-emotional numbness.

Taking the Anhedonia test

This test consists of 15 items on a 4-point scale ranging from Strongly agree to Strongly disagree. When answering the items, think about what applies to your recent past and current situation.

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Anhedonia test

1. I feel like I have no energy to do anything.

2. Nothing seems to affect me on a personal level anymore.

3. I have to fake smiling and laughing in social situations.

4. I'm socially withdrawn and no longer enjoy social interactions as much as I used to.

5. I no longer find close relationships satisfying.

6. All my interests and hobbies have faded away.

7. I don't find physical touch comforting.

8. I have no interest in forming new relationships.

9. I don't want physical and emotional intimacy.

10. I view myself and others negatively.

11. I speak with a flat, emotionless tone.

12. I'm sad and hopeless most of the time.

13. I have difficulty expressing my thoughts and feelings.

14. I don't feel like listening to anything anyone has to say.

15. The little, simple things in life don't bring me joy like they're supposed to.