Yesterday, 6/27, officially marked two full years without PMO for me! I had some new thoughts/advice to share with the mental symptom crowd so thought I'd commemorate the two years by doing so. Again, my advice at this point is for the mental side of this. The physical symptoms inevitably get better and have improved drastically for me. The mental symptoms seem to have dragged on a little longer, as they have for many of you. Exercise your "contentment muscle." This is the biggest thing of all. I've talked before about how this is a disease of overstimulation; therefore, understimulation is the only logical mode of attack against it. The latest neuroscience supports this; mindfulness, meditation, etc. all have great effects on the dopamine system, which is what we need. I've made substantial strides in well-being, contentment, happiness and self-confidence by spending 4-5 hours a day (seriously) at the park with my dog. Phone on airplane mode the whole time. The practice is simply being OK in the moment while keeping other desires at bay. The first hour or two are inevitably spent overthinking and fending off the urge to check Twitter. "Why am I doing this? I don't feel any better" is my brain's favorite talking point. EVERY time, though, I feel amazing by the end of the trip. I begin seeing my thoughts as they appear, which lessens their power, rather than becoming the thoughts, and therefore the jealousy and self-hatred that comes with them. The trick, I guess, is that when you allow yourself to simply be ALONE with just your thoughts and immediate surroundings, a sense of peace comes with it. The fact that PMOing is an addiction done while alone is meaningful in this regard, IMO. Louie CK actually explains this perfectly at around 55 seconds of this vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HbYScltf1c If you dig this concept, check out The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It's probably the most accessible book ever written on the topic. It teaches that depression and anxiety can ONLY happen if you're existing in the past or future. If you're able to fully live in the NOW, the awful thoughts begin to lessen in strength. For those doubting that my two year mental recovery could be connected to porn, my confidence in the legitimacy of this disease is stronger than ever. I continue to improve with each day, week, and month that passes. Going out and enjoying a few drinks has become pleasurable again. I'm able to wait in line at the grocery store without crippling social anxiety. This thing DOES get better, you just need to give it time! In some cases, a LOT of time! P.S. Also, delete Facebook from your phone if you're an active user. I think this is the perfect balance. I allow myself to check FB when i'm on my laptop, but no more mindless scrolling at traffic lights and in check-out lines. The epiphany that led me to this was that Facebook is such an object of jealousy and "lack." You wake up in the morning, check FB and already your brain is in a state of "lack." You're thinking about how your friends (or acquaintances you barely even know) have already worked out and you aren't even out of bed. Your cousin you don't even like is talking about the partying he did last night while you haven't gone out in months. It does nothing but make you feel like shit. Twitter and Reddit, at least, are more places for idea and information sharing instead of "hey, look at me! now compare yourself!"