Just thought I'd stop by and let you all know that I'm still around after 12 days! Things are getting a little bit tougher (as expected), the urges are getting a little bit stronger. God so far has delivered me. When I first heard the accounts about how this nofap challenge can reveal what some describe as superpowers. Increased mental clarity, confidence, reduced social anxiety and depression and increased sex appeal. My first reaction was to scoff at this. I thought to myself "How in the world can anyone derive all these benefits by simply abstaining from PMO?" To be honest, I thought it was a bunch of bunk. That's until I came across this excerpt from an article on YBOP. Erectile dysfunction, social anxiety, lack of motivation, concentration problems and depression all have been closely linked to altered dopamine signaling in the brain's reward circuitry, and when Dopamine and related neurochemicals are properly regulated, the results can be dramatic (AKA the so-called super powers). That's not exactly what it said word for word, but that was the general just of it. I've suffered from depression, social anxiety, lack of motivation and lack of confidence for most of my life. Not to mention the fact that I've downright hated myself for no good reason despite the encouraging prompting from others. Haven't been that lucky with the ladies either, which probably explains my cronic virginity (not to mention the fact I've also never even kissed a female) at the tender age 48. I've been to more doctors than I can count, and have taking just about every concoction that an MD can possibly prescribe in an effort to alleviate these things all to no avail. At the same time I've had all these symptoms, I'd been compulsively MOing the whole time (the PMOing didn't start till later). I started when I was young and have been at it since. I never associated excessive PMOing as the possible culprit for my predicament. After all the doctor's visits and useless treatments, it's hard to imagine that the possible solution I've been looking for, was right there in the palm of my hand. All I had to do was take it out of my hand (then put it away and zip it up). I realize that this nofap challenge makes no such claims or guarantees, and I further realize that individual results my vary from person to person. All that being said though, I've got to find out! So there's no friggin way I'm quitting. See you at the finish line Brothers!