Will Anti-anxiety Medication Help?

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  1. elefante

    elefante Fapstronaut

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    Hello All,

    I’m 29 and I’ve struggled with pornography since I was 14 though it often wasn’t as bad as it is now. I’ve been unemployed for almost 13 months and I’ve fallen into a bit of a depression. I have a ton of anxiety especially at night and in the mornings. The anxiety is worst when I have recently fapped. It kind of clears up after about 3 days without fapping. The problem is I rarely last more than 4 days. I’m currently in a recovery group for sex addiction but I’m wonder if some anti-anxiety or anti depressants might help me power through this addiction and get back to having a real life again. Does anyone have any experience with using medication such as SSRIs to aid in recovery?

    Some additional details. In parts of my life I have been very successful. I did well in college I graduated top of my class in a difficult major. I was popular and have had several beautiful girlfriends. I had a pretty good career for awhile.

    I have fallen into depression before during college. It lasted about a year I had to leave and come back between my junior and senior year. I did eventually get things back on track and went on to have some success as I mentioned earlier.

    I’m worried I’ve become a NEET. I don’t want to miss out on having a family. I’m very afraid of where my life is going and how things are going to turn out. When I was younger I thought I would be married and having kids by now. Most days I feel like a huge failure.

    I’m desperate to get my life back on track. Can anyone provide some advice? Should I start taking SSRIs or naltrexone?
     
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  2. blunt.ever

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    Try CaMgZnD3 (Calcium Magnesium Zinc Vitamin D3). It work wonders against anxiety. I'm recomanding whit confidence!
     
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  3. IGY

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    What? :confused:
     
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  4. elefante

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    NEET stands for Not in Education Employment or Training. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEET) Like many terms on the internet such as Incel which originally just meant involuntary celibate, it has also taken on an association with a certain sub culture.
     
  5. the alpha project

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    Get back to having a real life and you’ll gradually lose interest in pmo. Why wait until you can go a certain number of days before getting your life back together? Do it now.
     
  6. Criss27

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    Yes it could help, if you have very hard time with anxiety,some medicine will let you feel more calm BUT they will not help You deal with Fapping or porn addiction!. PMO mess very hard with dopamine system in our brain so its crucial to stop watching porn and fapping for start.. SSRI are OK, they can help You but you have to remeber that they have side effects (You could have problems with concentration, lack of sleep or feeling sleepy all day etc) . Good luck my friend.
     
  7. HVL85

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    My experience with anti depression and anxiety meds is this: they do more 'damage' than good in the sense that you get lots of side effects. Then you get another med to counter the side effect etc. Pharma is a big business. I suggest you stay away from meds unless you absolutely need them. Side effects I've experienced, especially on higher doses are supressed feelings, loss of interests, zombie-like feeling, apathy, and even my soldier down below failing during S, or not being able to O.
     
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  8. fedmom

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    YES! SSRIs and SRA type drugs are the best things for getting rid of a porn addiction. There's a thread in my profile with a method of activating serotonin neurotransmission without using drugs.
     
  9. TantusJulius

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    Just saying, in EU now they have to add "long term libido loss, even after stopping taking medication" on the paper's of ssri, as side effects.

    I would not try any ssri.
     
  10. TantusJulius

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    I would live with anxiety for 1-1,5 years instead, i would not dare to touch any Anti anxiety medication.

    Maybe little red wine can be good with meals, less possible side effects.
     
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  11. fedmom

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    I agree the side-effects are bad however this is the biggest site for people trying to combat porn addictions and it's based on the idea that stopping masturbating will cure it which it won't.
     
  12. TantusJulius

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    No one said stopping alone addictive behaviour will cure someone from their addictions, unfortunetly that not works like that, we need good healthy habits to do that.

    But taking ssri will not cure someone's addictions, it may numb their brain enough to not be able to enjoy their addictive pathways, but those pathways will be still in their brain. + the risk of long term possible side effects from medication.
     
  13. fedmom

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    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326090.php
    "Serotonin inhibits impulsive behavior, while dopamine enhances impulsivity."
    I do think there are benefits from refraining from masturbating less frequently. The problem though is some fetishes can cause extremely severe mental damage after curing a porn addiction.
     
  14. TantusJulius

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    That true, fetishes cause deep damage, learnt that hard way. But simply elevating the serotonin level by a drug wont help with that. The whole brain need to relearn how to function in normal conditions + meanwhile heal the damaged nerves from overstimulation.


    If someone wants to elevate serotonin why not to go with a safe exercise routine that they can be followed every day, without side effects? Why risk side effects, when much more can be earned simply by doing physical exercises?
     
  15. fedmom

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    Exercise is good but that isn't going to "rewire" the brain. Swearing induces serotonin neurotransmission without the side-effects from drugs. The mental damage isn't something that goes away, it's permenant and long lasting and can cause constant physical pain (own experience lol).
     
  16. TantusJulius

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    I disagree with out, I believe exercises one of the best stimulus for the brain to induce changes, and "rewire" itself. On my profile you can find a link to a study, they investigated their fMRI results to non exercising addict controls. In short those who not exercised did not experience as much brain healing, meanwhile exercising addicts showed positive results

    What physical pain you main? Burning muscles, or skin maybe? I had those too.

    btw your swearing advice sound interesting, i will try that too.
     
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  17. fedmom

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    That will help but it doesn't induce serotonin neurotransmission to the same extent that swearing or an SRA drug will. Porn can seriously damage the nervous system. I did a lot of swearing which after about two weeks gave me the most extreme pain in my chest I've ever had.
     
  18. TantusJulius

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    I swear you it does, in long term exercise the best remedy for nervous system. Im curious how that caused chest pain, but hope you doing better now!
     
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  20. Medication won't fix the problem. It may help, but you may also become addicted to that as well. For supplements, might I recommend St. John's Wart or 5-HTP. Both are inexpensive, and both are natural. St. John's Wart is an herb that helps with mood health and 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin. If you have the money, Onnit's New Mood is a great supplement. I took it after my father died, and it helped to keep me calm when I was going through all of the grief.

    Ultimately, you have the answers within yourself. Anxiety is often psychosomatic, and taking a few deep breaths and simplifying your thoughts is far more effective than taking a highly addictive pill ever will be. To be blunt, you need to start taking some notes and figuring out how to solve your problem rather than dwelling on the fact that you have anxiety. You just said that you were unemployed. Well, did you have this kind of anxiety when you were employed? You also said that rapping calms you down. Have you always turned to PMO every time you felt anxious?
     
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