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    Created in 2008, Phoenix Rising is the largest and oldest forum dedicated to furthering the understanding of and finding treatments for complex chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), long COVID, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and allied diseases.

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    Instead of ME/CFS, could some have simple schizophrenia (symptoms = anhedonia, blunted emotions, apathy, social withdrawal, brain fog)?

    Simple schizophrenia is a type of schizophrenia that does not involve the classic schizophrenia symptoms of hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, false beliefs, incoherent thinking and confused speech (these are the so-called positive symptoms of schizophrenia). Simple schizophrenia only...
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    Those who have had COVID: did you experience anhedonia afterwards (reduced ability to find enjoyment from activities)?

    Has anyone found they are suffering from increased anhedonia after getting COVID? Anhedonia is defined as a reduce ability to derive pleasure or reward from activities that you previously found enjoyable. Anhedonia is caused by a dysfunction in the pleasure circuits of the brain, so that these...
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    ME/CFS and emotional blunting, apathy, anhedonia, depersonalization, derealization

    Hi, I have been suffering from me/cfs since 2014. As a lot of you I’ve been trying many different treatments from medications to spiritual and lifestyle change, however nothing seems to work that well. However, for the last month or two I am experiencing some emotional changes. Sometimes I am...
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    Glucuronolactone (ingredient of energy drinks like Red Bull) boosts my energy, cognitive clarity, uplifts mood, and has anti-grumpiness effects

    I've been experimenting with the energy-giving supplement glucuronolactone in recent weeks, and have noticed some good results. Glucuronolactone is naturally found in the body (it is an important part of connective tissues), and is an ingredient in some energy drinks. The Red Bull energy drink...