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.

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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.

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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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