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Melvilsamuel

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Anxiety and other withdrawl symptoms
« on: October 30, 2018, 05:25:16 PM »
Hello, ive been completly rebooting for the past 30 days.
Not PMO , no fap, everything. My story is that i stopped watching porn almost 2 years ago, but alwayd came back in diffrent ways couldnt pass a week without fapping, sometimes even watching some porn for an excuse.
Now that im going hard mode, im starting to see some withdrawl symptoms/flatline.
Ive always been and anxious person, from social encounters and allot of small and big things. Ive managed to calm down in the past year because of psyich therapy, but that was before rebooting. Now that im past 30 days, anxiety has came back hard, i can totally feel it.
My question is, regarding the fact that i was always anxious (maybe even because of the porn addiction) should i treat this anxiety now as a part of the reboot and just flow with it? Or should i take actions and try to analyze and counter it?
Thanks for everyone with a helpful answer!

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Re: Anxiety and other withdrawl symptoms
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2018, 08:06:54 AM »
Look up post acute withdrawal syndrome. This needs actual rewiring. I guess therapy could help, not sure about meds. Time is the best healer in case of withdrawal.

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Re: Anxiety and other withdrawl symptoms
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2018, 06:26:02 PM »
explore it, analyze it and counter it. nothing wrong with it. better than just flowing with it. if its withdrawal symptom it will go away and you will be armed with the knowledge about it which could help you or other people around you in the future. nothing to lose, especially since people can be anxious without porn addiction and you may be one of them needing to get out of it that way.

there is a motto i heard. when in doubt, do it! i kind of like it. do it, if you have an ability, i would add...
« Last Edit: November 07, 2018, 06:33:47 PM by Nikola Numez »

Melvilsamuel

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Re: Anxiety and other withdrawl symptoms
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 02:25:43 PM »
Thank you guys for the answer!i can say for now that the anxiety comes in "waves".. If im anxious lets say for this week, then i know that the following week would be very calm, and i wouldnt know how i got so anxious the week befkre... The thing is, that i do get anxious again, not always a week after, but it comes.

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Re: Anxiety and other withdrawl symptoms
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2018, 06:17:17 PM »
First of all, congratulations on going one month without porn. You should be proud. I have had anxiety since I was very young and in my experience, porn addiction has dramatically increased the effects of anxiety and other mental issues. However, rebooting is going to trigger a lot of withdrawal symptoms as your brain rewires its neurons. Much like the addiction itself, everyone experiences withdrawal in different ways. I believe that these "waves" of anxiety are part of your withdrawal symptoms. Embrace them. Look forward to them. The pain means that your brain is recovering. It will try and get you to use porn as a recovery tool, and if you relapse, you'll notice many of the symptoms go away. This is because you're an addict who gave it what it wants. Ride out the storm and the issues will subside in time. This road to recovery is a rough one, but it is only temporary. Your reward will be freedom. Something that may help is diet and exercise. Both of these release dopamine into the brain and can decrease anxiety as well as cravings for porn. Good luck.

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Re: Anxiety and other withdrawl symptoms
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2018, 09:00:50 PM »
I struggled/still struggle a bit with anxiety myself.  Like you, I suspect I have ingrain non-porn related anxiety, but also the porn did some of its own.  So understanding that, you have two ways to look at it.  First is that quitting/rebooting will lessen the anxiety.  Your brain won't be on the same roller coaster and will adapt.  WoodedSparrow describes that part pretty well.  The other way to look at it is that you had anxiety problems all along, but were self medicating with porn, and never had to find other ways to deal with it.  I found that if I got anxious, depressed, or anything else, that was a trigger for me and I needed to deal with those emotional problems to avoid relapsing, but ultimately it is cyclical... I dealt with it to avoid the triggers, but not relapsing also helped the anxiety not worsen to begin with.  Definitely consider both aspects, because trying to deal with it just one way will just lead you to frustration.

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Re: Anxiety and other withdrawl symptoms
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2018, 09:07:26 AM »
I have anxiety too, mainly when I'm alone with a girl. It happens very often to me. I can't relax when I'm alone with a girl. Some days ago a girl went to my appartment, and I didn't even tried to have sex with her, because I was afraid that erectile dysfunction could happen again. I think my erectile dysfunction have two causes: anxiety and porn addiction, because when I'm by my own, I can masturbate easily and without any problem, it's very relaxing when I do that by my own. I even think that masturbating is better than sex, and that is a wrong think, because obviously it isn't better than sex.