universe1 said:Stay strong! I worked with a therapist and he mentioned something that really stuck with me.
the trauma that you cause to yourself through mental and emotional stresses manifests itself as symptoms of anxiety and depression up to 3 days later. So if you compound that with the years of negative behavior reenforced by dopamine and pmo, think about how long your recovery may take!
Thats not to say its impossible, this theory looses its usefulness when we get into extreme patterns (5+ years, etc.) but what I can say is that it took me a year to get to a better place after awakening from a porn addiction that I was blind to for over 15 years. I have still had struggles even after divorcing myself from porn, but what I can say is that with faith in the science and support systems we develop we can make it to a better place and turn our backs on the pain we have caused ourselves.
It is amazing to me after self-reflecting how much self-harm I caused myself (thinking it was self-pleasure at the time!) in the sense of emotional abuse and turning away from friends and family over and over again.
best of luck!
That's right, man. It's crazy how we inflict damage to ourselves while we think we experience pleasure.