Did PMO cause my anxiety or does my anxiety cause Me to PMO?

Discussion in 'Pornography Addiction' started by joelski, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. joelski

    joelski New Member

    I have had a P addiction since I was 15, and I started to develop a pretty bad anxiety disorder in my late teens which reached its pinnacle a few years ago when I started having debilitating panic attacks and at one point was an agoraphobic and couldn't leave the house.

    My anxiety is still there and I depend on Xanax to get through most days, and I've been trying to reboot in hopes that it will help me gain some confidence and soon my anxiety disorder will go away.

    But I have to wonder, did my PMO Addiction start because of my anxiety? Or did I get my anxiety because of my addiction? Do any of you have similar issues with an anxiety disorder?
  2. BadOnion

    BadOnion New Member

    Yes. Its a circle.
  3. Eternity

    Eternity Patience

    In my case, they do feed each other. I know that stopping PMO won't get rid of my anxiety completely, but it will help me enough to be able to overcome it and live with it.
  4. joelski

    joelski New Member

    I really haven't been PMO Free long enough to see a huge difference but I went a month without doing anything and my anxiety did seem to lessen during that span. I'm not two weeks free again and have had a lot of anxiety but I'm also going through a divorce and a move and career change so that's to be expected.

    I hope that when life settles down my anxiety will subside.
  5. Daimon

    Daimon Member

    Its somewhat similar to the case of the chicken or the egg, but porn definitely is a contributor to anxious feelings in my experience. I had anxiety before I started watching P consistently, however I was (in my opinion) starting to get over it..then once I started watching porn it initially felt like the anxiety/awkwardness dissipated but then the anxiety became much worse.
  6. JerseyJay911

    JerseyJay911 New Member

    I never got agoraphobia. But I get severe panic attacks in social situations (meeting girls, seeing clients) and laying off of PMO helps so much. It doesn't get rid of all the anxiety, but maybe a good 50%. Cutting PMO probably has a far greater impact than the Xanax you take (maybe 10-15% in comparison).
  7. grzeg12

    grzeg12 New Member

    I think that anxiety must come from sth other. I don;t know it is porn. But probably not.
    I think that our thoughts make our social anxiety. It can be some mental problems, maybe beginning of neurosis.

    In my case now I had extremele stupid thoughts that I piss to much, and because of this I think I must sit at home, and omit social life.
    It drives to situation that I woke up at morning and feel some kind of fear in my mind and body.

    And contrary some time ago I watched porn every day and suddenly stop watch this and during 20 days I didn;t see any withdrawal. Next I return to porn. Next give up porn again, and feel bad .

    Last summer I also try to reboot. I had extreme depression. But I think that maybe 75% of my depression come from my thoughts and only 25% of my addiction.

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