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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] ; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Pratik Bahekar, MBBS [2]


History and Symptoms

  • Decreased ability to experience interpersonal pleasure
  • Social withdrawal/isolation
  • Decreased need for social contact
  • Lack of close friends and intimate relationships, and decreased quality of those relationships
  • Poor social adjustment
  • Decreased positive affect
  • Flat affect
  • Depressed mood
  • State-related anxiety[1][2]

Social anhedonia is trait-related, meaning it remains stable throughout life, independent of diagnosis, treatment, or symptom remission.[3]


  1. Mishlove, M., & Chapman, L. J. (1985). Social anhedonia in the prediction of psychosis proneness. Journal of abnormal psychology, 94(3), 384–396.
  2. Kwapil, T R. (1998). Social anhedonia as a predictor of the development of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Journal of abnormal psychology, 107(4), 558–565.
  3. Blanchard, J. J., Mueser, K. T., & Bellack, A. S. (1998). Anhedonia, positive and negative affect, and social functioning in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia bulletin, 24(3), 413–424.

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