Does anyone know why you experience intense fear on nofap?

Discussion in 'Rebooting - Porn Addiction Recovery' started by donewithporn1002, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. donewithporn1002

    donewithporn1002 Fapstronaut

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    I believe it is something to do with the amygdala?
     
  2. willpower2020

    willpower2020 Fapstronaut

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    Possibly? Maybe someone else would know, but could it simply be withdrawal?
     
  3. geheim

    geheim Fapstronaut

    Certainly not everyone's experience, so we are left to guess.

    I throw my two cents in the pot: You are used to numb your issues using P as a drug, and now that this is gone, your issues start to surface.
     
  4. During most drug withdrawals and possibly porn withdrawal. The amygdala becomes overactive. The stress hormone receptors of the amygdala CRF and dynorphin (kappa-opioid) receptors are sensitized and there is an increase in stress hormones/peptides that bind to those receptors, leaving you feeling fearful and dysphoric. Kappa opioid activation by dynorphin furher decreases dopamine release in other parts of the brain.
     
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  5. clapas

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    I had panic attacks after years of PMO addiction, not after I quitted.
     
  6. Suk

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    I had tremendous fear sessions and mood swings. I was also scared as i thought I'd lose my SO due to my addiction but i think it's a common symptom for all to experience mood swings, quitting PMO is like man's periods. It gets better after you're in flatline though.
     
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  7. donewithporn1002

    donewithporn1002 Fapstronaut

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    Thanks guys, i've read somewhere before about that overactive amygdala. I most definitely think it's withdrawals, and it seems to be common withdrawal symptom when reading the threads. Let's hope this doesn't last too much longer.
     
  8. I also had anxiety attacks after a long edging, multiple O binge sessions. Mostly 3 hours after the last binge and could last 3 days. Then the anxiety died down. What followed was like 20 days of numbness and depression (if I abstained that long) and then the anxiety got back full force without me even PMOing. It was pure withdrawal caused by abstinence. You're lucky you never had any withdrawal (PAWS).
     
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  9. clapas

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    I did have and still have withdrawal symptoms. What I meant is that abstinence per se was not the source of the panic attacks. I still have episodes of anxiety but not to the degree of panic attack since I quit PMO.
     
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  10. That shit is worse than period or a woman menopause. Every minutes or hours my mind keep changing like I want to do this then I all of sudden I lose interest. So on and so forth....
     
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  11. Fenix Rising

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    I had few panic attacks during first 2 months of abstention. One even rushed me into hospital's ER. I couldn't convince my doc and people in the ER that it is only panic attack until they made ECG. I had +170/120 BM and heart rate at +200 BPM so you can't really blame them for all the fuzz. But all it was needed was an anxiolytic pill and I was as good as new. If only my GP would listen to me in the first place and not cause all the drama. Moods swings and anxiety attacks are definitely on the menu during abstinence for us long term PMO bingers. We just need to learn anxiety coping technics and implement them in our daily lives. I needed +6 months of hard work with trials and many failures before I got my anxiety under control.
     
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  12. I used to have intense fear or nightmares when it's time to sleep back in my pmo days or even after quitting. Either stuff in my room look like people staring at me or I'd wake up suddenly like people running after me.
     
  13. clapas

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    I know what you mean. The fear is indescribably, like nothing I have felt before. It must be like being surrounded by snakes all the time.
     
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  14. Suk

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    Well there's no way to compare unfortunately! I would love it if some researcher did this comparison of period pain vs NoFap journey pain... I'm not implying we'll win by miles but would be fun to scientifically know how hard this is.
     
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