Can depression give you brain damage?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Discussion' started by BigDawg913, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. *I'm going to make this as succinct as possible*

    Today I am truly a changed person. I am no longer depressed, and I have been sober from alcohol for 4.5 months. Although I have been on and off the NoFap wagon during this time, I have truly made a lot of progress--I'm going on dates with real women and I no longer feel that porn and masturbation have control over my life.

    With all this being said, I feel mentally fucked up.

    Rewind 5 years ago, I fell into a deep depression. I was the victim of constant bullying and harassment, my insecurities about sex and women began to compound, I developed a severe case of social anxiety to the point that it was hard for me to talk to people in public; I heavily abused alcohol 5-7 days a week for two years, I watched porn & masturbated on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times per day. My stress was so terrible I contemplated suicide on and off for at least a couple years.

    I'm happy to say that I've made it through the struggles, I've made peace with my past, and am living a happy life today. However, I feel significantly less mentally sharp today than I did 5 years ago. My memory is noticeably worse; my creative skills have gone down, I have trouble forming well constructed thoughts when I'm engaging in a stimulating conversation, I often mess up simple tasks at work by making careless errors, and my ability to concentrate is terrible. In short, I feel like brain is totally fucked up compared to before all of this shit happened to me.

    My question is, can undergoing significant stress & depression permanently damage your brain, and if so, is are there ways to manage my current condition? Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.
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  2. Warrior II

    Warrior II Fapstronaut

    First of all, congratulations on all the progress you've made.

    I'm in the same boat with most of the symptoms you've stated.

    Yes, depression and anxiety both can damage the brain. The hippocampus (memory centre) shrinks due to excess cortisol (stress). It's reversible though.

    Dont worry too much about it though, we can manage it, will just be difficult and will take time. Maybe try therapy if that's an option. Daily Meditation should help too.

    Oh and I think porn really causes all these symptoms too that you posted. if you didn't know that already. Perhaps it takes quite a while to regain full functionality again.

    Good luck to you
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  3. Thank you for the input @Warrior II best of luck to you too
  4. {Ananta}

    {Ananta} Fapstronaut

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    ive experienced severe depression/stress starting as a teenager ,i know it wears down your body , i dont know if it damages your brain , i was deep in a drug/ alcohol addiction growing up an i know that damages your brain , 18-19 years old my depression so bad i got put on anti depressants , i still stuck to school thou i needed up going to the university fell for a girl an got married at 21-22 ,when we dated thou she wanted me off the anti depressants , so i got off them i spiraled out of control when off them for awhile , slowly my depression an stress went away, i rarely M when i was married, ive been seperated for 8 years now, in im 3 years sober no drugs no alcohol ,my longest nofap streak is 140 days ,an i feel it has healed me tremendously i dont really get depressed or stressed but i do get really worried about how things well turn out, i take guitar lessons an im picking it up fine, i memories lyrics fine, my comprehension level is fine, my social skills are fine, in the past with my pmo addiction, alcohol drug addiction i was severely anti social i stayed in my room an lived as a hermit , but that guy doesnt exist no more ,so i beleive our brains heal it self over time
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  5. iRebootMyself

    iRebootMyself Fapstronaut

    I wanna ask you guys something, Is emptiness a sign of depression ?
  6. Warrior II

    Warrior II Fapstronaut

    Thanks for sharing your story! I'm glad you transformed and healed and that gives me hope :)
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  7. Warrior II

    Warrior II Fapstronaut

    It can be. What do you mean by emptiness exactly?
  8. kevinfine

    kevinfine Fapstronaut

    Hi @BigDawg913 ,
    From experiencing depression and bordering suicide many times myself I can confidently say that depression does not damage the brain! I preach this in other circles I belong to cos I am living proof.

    What causes the symptoms you're experiencing is linked to the foods we consume. Over the last two years I have cut out dairy (we are the only creatures that drink other creatures milk), grain (highly GMO with toxic sprays), sugar (no need to explain here - I think).
    Anyways - my brain fog is gone, my endurance both physical and mental is back, I am to concentrate for longer periods of time.
    ask here if you need further information...

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  9. Warrior II

    Warrior II Fapstronaut

    how certain are you that it is the dairy, grain and sugar that causes those symptoms? I am quite interested.
  10. kevinfine

    kevinfine Fapstronaut

    I would say 100% certain. I am an analytical person by trade so I am always checking up on myself and looking at variables that affect me. This is one instance that the facts were absolutely clear. I was on a 38 day streak, I had no real reason to pursue PMO but I did and I could not break out of it.
    It was like I was watching myself do this but did not have the mental strength to stop. This only changed once I detoxed.
    I am back to my normal eating plan (research paleo) and am as clear as day. I sleep by 11pm and awake by 5am.. no troubles at all. When an urge pops in my mind I am able to stop it and move on....
    Gut Health is of primary importance to the entire health of the body. Remember what you put into your gut feeds your brain (not the other way around).. so if the brain is receiving very little nutrition then the output that it is able to deliver is very minimal. This is how the governments of the world will have us be.. if we are powerless, we will follow whatever they throw at us.
    Free yourself my Brother !

    Stay Strong and Steady On!
  11. Warrior II

    Warrior II Fapstronaut

    I got myself into that exact same position.. 45 day streak and then just fapped for no good reason now it's so hard to break a few day streak. it sucks. and my sleep schedule is ruined now too. i'll look into paleo. thanks. yeah its so easy just to feed yourself what everyone else is eating but i will say no from now on. i'd rather be slightly hungry than continue having this brain fog honestly.
  12. kevinfine

    kevinfine Fapstronaut

    Yep, That's exactly right. Most of the time we are thirsty but think it is hunger. We need to drink at leas half gall water a day (2 litres).
    Intermittent fasting is also said to be good but I have to tried that yet. The theory is that we never ate 3 meals a day before civilization, in fact we had to starve when there was no food which helped the body use up it's reserves and do a cleanup in the process.

    Let me know if you need any more information of any kind. Now.. focus on improving your streak - aim for 7 days at first !

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