Hmm on other threads I think I've basically posted the same thing, but just to give some context as to why I'm here. I'm a 24 year old female. For the past year or so I've been struggling with this issue. I come from a pretty religious family so sexual topics were basically off limits. My family is very conservative--we don't even date. I was in a relationship that was on the down low in college. I didn't even know like...how to M before this relationship. Then my boyfriend moved away. To be connected I'd M just to deal with the distance. And then the relationship didn't work out. Now for the past few months I've been alone and it sucks. And again, conservative family and I'm religious so, I'm not going to be with anyone physically for a while. I'm not blaming my problems on religion--as many people have stated there are countless reasons why we shouldn't fap. I'm just trying to say why I'm having such difficulty with it. As other people have mentioned we release a lot of dopamine when we do it, the feel good mechanism. After my break up I just flooded my brain with this so I wouldn't feel so alone. Anyways this does more harm than good since basically you feel very good for a split second and then my emotions come crashing down and I feel disgusted, sad, and even more alone. Even as I'm typing this now I feel so ashamed that I have this problem. I know I'm like...pouring my heart out here, but its comforting to know that other people are dealing with this issue and want to change. I really want to not do this ever again. I can't keep going through the cycle of feeling good for two seconds and then feeling AWFUL for a good 3 hours afterwards. I hope that you all can be a source of support for me and I can help you too. I really appreciated the links that people have posted and the ted lectures. Well, good luck everyone.