Ascetic life is as hard as mental illness

Having a mental illness severe like sz can be as hard as the ascetic life religious leaders live. They abstain from all pleasures which is like anhedonia.

Anhedonia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment.

There’s a difference – they choose it, and feel like it serves a higher purpose. We don’t choose it, and don’t want it.


My bet is they don’t actively seek out pleasure but still experience sometimes. People with anhedonia rarely or never feel pleasure no matter what.


As long as the brain is causing both phenomena, anhedonia and extreme religiosity, they could be related or have common cause. I don’t know that myself, I just think that is a possibility.

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