denial of pleasures

Is there a name for the behaviour in which one denies oneself and pleasure, such as social activities; friendships; sports and hobbies; decent food and drink; sex; tv and music; allowing oneself to laugh, etc; and what would the treatment be please? Thankyou

Hi Lorna, I don't know of a

Hi Lorna,

I don't know of a specific name (or disorder) that fits what you are describing (at least nothing comes to mind at the moment), but it depends on the reason why the person is denying himself/herself of pleasure.

Devoutly religious people (e.g. Catholic monks and nuns) denounce worldly pleasures for the sake of Christ, although I don't think they deny themselves laughter or decent food.

Someone who is doing this could have underlying delusional beliefs that are causing the self-denial - the delusions could be due to schizophrenia or delusional disorder.

So, I can't fully answer your question without more information, particularly why the person is doing this.

Dr. Lane

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