Has stopping porn help with anxiety

Discussion in 'Pornography Addiction' started by dig deep, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. dig deep

    dig deep must stop wasting my life on porn

    I have anxiety issues so what I would like to know is does stopping PMO help reduce anxiety or makes no difference,and if it does help how long was it before you noticed any improvement
     
  2. SlowFall

    SlowFall New Member

    It helps me deal with the anxiety more than removing it entirely, and as you deal with the anxiety and expose yourself to more of it, it becomes more and more tolerable and eventually disappears entirely.

    You'll notice improvements in the first few days, they come and go though so be prepared to feel great one day and super anxious the next. I see consistent improvements around weeks 4-6 then it seems to get progressively better so long as I keep challenging myself to improve.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. bossman

    bossman Member

    If you are TRULY addicted to porn, then after abstaining (no P, M, and O) for a long while, I can say with much confidence that YES, your anxiety will improve significantly as long as you remain consistent with rebooting. There will be ups and downs, like someone said above; after the first week of no PMO you might (I did) feel fantastic and feel like your anxiety is cured only to find that a few days later, you're the most anxious you've ever been in your life (happened to me).

    Withdrawals definitely increase anxiety, but as long as you get through it and DON'T RELAPSE (and if you do, DON'T DON'T DON'T BINGE!!!), you'll eventually get to a point where your baseline anxiety (the anxiety that is always there, whether you know it or not) will be dramatically less inhibiting as compared to your PMO days. The reason for this is that the neurotransmitters in your brain are gaining back their sensitivity, meaning that you will feel much better and less anxious, no matter what.
     
  4. toxicviper23

    toxicviper23 Guest

    I'm so glad you made this thread. I like to highlight my progress to inspire others.


    Stopping porn and masturbation has destroyed my anxiety!

    It's been a year and a half since I started NO PMO.

    I've had many many relapses along the way. In fact I relapsed a couple of days ago. So I still have plenty to work on.


    I'll tell you this... Occasionally my brain will be working really well, and I'm honestly a god among men. Not just regular confidence, but far beyond where most people are in general.

    I've been able to walk through a shopping mall and literally every woman I would walk near would react. Everything from unconscious body language, to stopping their conversation mid sentence when I walk by.

    Girls will get extremely clumsy and either trip over something, drop things, or knock over a holder full of straws at a coffee shop.


    This is what confidence does. Women can tell when a guy is confident or nervous , they can sense it in your aura.


    I never got this during PMO days. In fact it was the opposite. I would be the one getting clumsy around girls and making a fool of myself.


    PMO changed everything. And the best part is that it didn't take practice or anything.

    You don't need "GAME" . That's stupid PUA bullshit.


    When you're brain chemistry is is in good order, you will be smooth, confident and charismatic naturally. Effortlessly.
     
  5. valkyrieX

    valkyrieX New Member

    Stopping porn didn't cure my anxiety, but it took away one of the biggest distractions in my life that was diverting me away from working on fixing my anxiety issues. With that distraction now gone, I have worked on my anxiety issues and pretty much got rid of them. Of course I still get nervous when important things are coming up but that's not anxiety, it's just normal nerves.
     
  6. over_it

    over_it Active Member

    This is a tough one to answer. In some ways my anxiety is reduced but in other ways it can seem worse because I feel like I removed my (bad) coping mechanism and haven't really learned enough positive ways to manage and reduce anxiety.

    I think I notice more of a difference with social anxiety than general anxiety, in that I feel more confident and less self conscious now, even though I still get anxious. But I don't really know how much of that is due to feeling like I am getting my life back from addiction and how much is brain chemistry stuff... I suspect both.

    In terms of the timeframe, I would say I noticed some positive changes within a month or so.

    Somewhat similar to valkyrieX, for me removing the distraction of porn revealed the anxiety problems I was trying to avoid dealing with, the painful feelings I was trying to numb myself too. Learning how to deal with those is hard...

    An easier question for me to answer is: does porn increase anxiety? And the answers is unequivocally 'YES!'.
     

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