any good nootropics for social anhedonia?
i don't have anxiety or anything and i have had mixed results with recreational drugs and would rather not use them over a nootropic
I tried the SSRIs, kinda worked on the anxiety but totally dulled everything else. Tianeptine was by far the best thing I've ever tried. I was taking 25mg 1x day. Honestly, financial disaster is the root cause of most of my problems, no $ to go out and do anything fun. It becomes very isolating. For example, I love photography, I shoot film, no $$ to get that developed, scanned, printed, etc. so I don't shoot enough. Shit like that. I used to love working out at the gym, barbell training, HIIT, etc then got injured and thyroid went downhill. There goes another thing that used to give me joy. I won't go on.... but back to your original question, as for the brain chemistry, that would be Tia.
Be careful with the tianpetine if you go that route. Opiate addiction is no joke
I was mentored by Abram Hoffer, PhD/MD, who treated over 10,000 pts who had schizophrenia in the 1950s and showed it worked incredibly well. Physicians in the know still recognize and use this approach (basically 3x1g a day taken at 3 separate times; niacin as nicotinic acid preferred, but nicotinamide can work just as well some times). NADH is amazing to take as well, but it’s expensive. I should be studied and considered however much more. Niacin as nicotinic acid, is the flush causing form. It is something you just have to try yourself and adjust your personal dose. Schizophrenics generally have weaker flush responses and as they get better they have reduced responses. It does not work for all schizo’cs of course.
On safety of niacin:
Guyton’s review shows, the only one that has had occaisional problems is timed release prescription one. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17368274
Niacin has been used for over 70 years without much downside at all and incredible upside.
I personally have taken at least 3x 1g of the flush causing niacin for over 14 years now.. my blood lipids are perfect. I am 50y old and walk on average over 10 miles a day. I still feel incredible mental energy with every flush.
Niacin, is converted to NAD in your body and is involved in over 450 different reactions, which is more than any other vitamin derived cofactor.
I’ve heard good things about macuna on topic, but do not know that much about it.
Also, entire books on depression have focused on niacin as the treatment. Restoring the ability to see beauty and feel joy: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/.../111193.../2688190207775...
I should qualify that every biochemical chain is as robust as the weakest link and if your deficiency is magnesium (which is the generally recognized as the most common deficiency of all) then that may be what is most important and niacin will not show benefit. Ultimately one should always recognize orthomolecular medicine, which is the idea that you address the deficiency linked to the disorder/pathogenesis. Search for orthomolecular physicians and for once in your life (other than bacteria/antibiotics, which you need sometimes or else die.. ), you may find someone that actually treats the cause of disorder.
Its always best to cover all bases… so include:
food as medicine
amino acids (tyrosine; not tryptophan.. that can be a problem) or just an egg
… together these
a subtraction diet may be the most important thing of all. see the book by perlmutter, grain brain
remove gluten (most common): mostly just all bread and pasta
remove dairy: mostly just milk, but perhaps yogurt is not good for some..butter is ok actually
remove solonaceae plants: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant
Don't take them at the same time; there's a slight but present risk of tachycardia and elevated BP
Food is medicine, don't get overdosed. My humble suggestion, try the Gerson diet, run a half marathon in 4 months and focus all your energies on the solution, not the problem, forget it. Do all you find out with your research and don't rest a **** minute until you recover. A year ago I had a similar problem, but the solution is not a pill, you generate it, is proportional to your effort and overcoming capacity. ✊
Isnt the anhedonia caused by high cortisol and inflammation, due to damage to certain regions in the brain, that can cause depression etc.?
I'm not fucking kidding. Do the research, do the work. Fight for your goddamned life. Make it happen.