Can porn use affect memory and concentration?

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"Better concentration," "no more brain fog," clearer thinking," and "improved memory" are a few of the most common benefits reported by those who reboot. Here's one:

My mental abilities have only improved in the last year and a half. I'm serious as a heart attack about that. I'm more calm, have improved my musical skills (which is saying something when you consider that I have been playing for half of a century) and I'm much less likely to get frustrated and lose my cool. Whoever wrote the script to "Don Jon" knew of what they spoke. I remember how he was prone to frustration and losing his temper and that seemed to improve when he got a handle on his porn use. This whole process has changed my life.

Have a look at Man Interrupted by Zimbardo & Coulombe and for a thorough discussion of the effects of online gaming and porn on a generation of young men's academic performance and achievement.

Recent studies:

1) Early Adolescent Boys’ exposure to Internet pornography: Relationships to pubertal timing, sensation seeking, and academic performanc (2015) -This rare longitudinal study (over a six-month period) suggests that porn use decreases academic performance.

2) Trading Later Rewards for Current Pleasure: Pornography Consumption and Delay Discounting (2015) - The more pornography that participants consumed, the less able they were to delay gratification. This unique study also had porn users reduce porn use for 3 weeks. They found that continued porn use was causally related to greater inability to delay gratification.

3) Pornographic picture processing interferes with working memory performance (2013) - German scientists have discovered that Internet erotica can diminish working memory. In this porn-imagery experiment, 28 healthy individuals performed working-memory tasks using 4 different sets of pictures, one of which was pornographic. Participants also rated the pornographic pictures with respect to sexual arousal and masturbation urges prior to, and after, pornographic picture presentation. Results showed that working memory was worst during the porn viewing and that greater arousal augmented the drop.

Working memory is the ability to keep information in mind while using it to complete a task or deal with a challenge. For example, it's the capacity to juggle various bits of information as you do a math problem or keep the characters straight as you read a story. It helps you hold your goal in mind, resist distractions and inhibit impulsive choices, so it's critical to learning and planning.A consistent research finding is that addiction-related cues hinder working memory. Interestingly, alcoholics who underwent one month of training to improve working memory saw a decrease in alcohol intake and better scores on working memory. In other words, improving working memory seems to strengthen impulse control.  

4) Sexual Picture Processing Interferes with Decision-Making Under Ambiguity (2013) - Study found that viewing pornographic imagery interfered with decision making during a standardized cognitive test. This suggests porn might affect executive functioning, which is a set of mental skills that help you get things done. These skills are controlled by an area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex.

5) Getting stuck with pornography? Overuse or neglect of cybersex cues in a multitasking situation is related to symptoms of cybersex addiction (2015) - Subjects with a higher tendency towards porn addiction performed more poorly of executive functioning tasks (which are under the auspices of the prefrontal cortex). A few excerpts: 

We investigated whether a tendency towards cybersex addiction is associated with problems in exerting cognitive control over a multitasking situation that involves pornographic pictures. We used a multitasking paradigm in which the participants had the explicit goal to work to equal amounts on neutral and pornographic material. We found that participants who reported tendencies towards cybersex addiction deviated stronger from this goal.

6) Problematic sexual behavior in young adults: Associations across clinical, behavioral, and neurocognitive variables (2016) - Individuals with Problematic Sexual Behaviors (PSB) exhibited several neuro-cognitive deficits. These findings indicate poorer executive functioning (hypofrontality) which is a key brain feature occurring in drug addicts. A few excerpts:

From this characterization, it is be possible to trace the problems evident in PSB and additional clinical features, such as emotional dysregulation, to particular cognitive deficits…. If the cognitive problems identified in this analysis are actually the core feature of PSB, this may have notable clinical implications.

7) Executive Functioning of Sexually Compulsive and Non-Sexually Compulsive Men Before and After Watching an Erotic Video (2017) - Exposure to porn affected executive functioning in men with "compulsive sexual behaviors", but not healthy controls. Poorer executive functioning when exposed to addiction-related cues is a hallmark of substance disorders (indicating both altered prefrontal circuits and sensitization). Excerpts:

This finding indicates better cognitive flexibility after sexual stimulation by controls compared with sexually compulsive participants. These data support the idea that sexually compulsive men do not to take advantage of the possible learning effect from experience, which could result in better behavior modification. This also could be understood as a lack of a learning effect by the sexually compulsive group when they were sexually stimulated, similar to what happens in the cycle of sexual addiction, which starts with an increasing amount of sexual cognition, followed by the activation of sexual scripts and then orgasm, very often involving exposure to risky situations.

8) Exposure to Sexual Stimuli Induces Greater Discounting Leading to Increased Involvement in Cyber Delinquency Among Men (2017) - In two studies exposure to visual sexual stimuli resulted in: 1) greater delayed discounting (inability to delay gratification), 2) greater inclination to engage in cyber-deliquency, 3) greater inclination to purchase counterfeit goods & hack someone's Facebook account. Taken together this indicates that porn use increases impulsivity and may reduce certain executive functions (self-control, judgment, foreseeing consequences, impulse control). Excerpt:

These findings provide insight into a strategy for reducing men's involvement in cyber delinquency; that is, through less exposure to sexual stimuli and promotion of delayed gratification. The current results suggest that the high availability of sexual stimuli in cyberspace may be more closely associated with men's cyber-delinquent behavior than previously thought.

So, will you be all set if you just close the porn tabs while doing algebra? It's a good start, but keep reading.

Porn and long-term impact on concentration

Judging from the rapid improvements that some users often see after they quit porn, it appears that one needn't be an addict to be adversely affected. Before we analyze the relevant research, let's consider what ex-users report about post-porn changes in concentration. (More self-reports can be found at the end of this post.):

  • "This may have nothing to do with it but since I've quit my thinking and my mind have become a lot sharper. As I mentioned above I enrolled in online college classes I seriously kicked *** in these classes. My ability to retain knowledge is many times stronger and I can focus much better."
  • "I have noticed I can retain pictorial information significantly better than pre-reboot. Discovered it by accident when I looked at a diagram in a text book and realised I did not need to look at it again as I could still recall the image in good detail. Can also remember faces better."
  • "I am able to get more work done both at my job and in my part-time business. I can concentrate for longer."
  • "I have felt massive memory improvements during the course of my reboot [abstention from masturbation to porn]. I feel like I'm mentally switched on and present for the first time in my life. I now have an attention span. I feel like for the previous 10 years I couldn't focus on anything and I couldn't remember anything."
  • "[Day 68] I feel like my brain is healing.  When I started this re-boot, I listed the following symptoms that I felt like weight on my shoulders:
  1. lack of motivation
  2. irritability
  3. brain fog
  4. inability to concentrate
  5. mood swings
  6. social anxiety
  • Today, I am proud to state here that I no longer suffer from any of these symptoms.  My moods are much more "steady".  People are starting to notice.  The anxiety is GONE. My concentration is crystal clear; my motivation for life is very high."

Improved concentration and memory are among the most commonly reported post-porn benefits, and they may be explained by the reversal of addiction-related brain changes. (Other frequently reported benefits after giving up highspeed porn are decreased social anxiety and depression, improved sexual performance, greater attraction to real mates, seeing potential partners as people rather sex-aids, and return to earlier sexual tastes.)

What do the scientists say?

As of 2017 multiple studies link porn use to poorer cognitive outcomes: Studies linking porn use to poorer mental-emotional health & poorer cognitive outcomes. Moreover, addiction neuroscientists have repeatedly shown that Internet addiction produces lasting memory and concentration problems in some users.

Neuroscientists have begun to isolate addiction-related brain changes that could account for cognitive impairment, such as decreased gray matter in the frontal cortex and disorganized white matter. Not surprisingly, brain studies show that Internet addicts suffer from impaired inhibitory control and increased impulsivity. (Note that while some of the Internet addiction studies discussed in this section include online erotica use, none isolate it—unlike the working memory experiment that is the primary subject of this post.)

Brain studies on Internet addicts also reveal another change that can impair concentration: a measurable decline in dopamine signaling. Dopamine is central to concentration, focus, motivation and memory formation, and low dopamine signaling is strongly associated with poor working memory (monkeys too) and ADHD.

Boredom warning signIt appears that inattention (which in turn impairs memory) is really caused by lack of motivation (reduced D2 dopamine receptors). Tasks seem boring or uninteresting. Decreased dopamine signaling in the brain's reward circuitry is a hallmark of all addictions. Researchers measuring dopamine transporters in people with Internet addiction said:

Taken together, these results suggest that IAD [Internet addiction disorder] may cause serious damage to the brain and the neuroimaging findings further illustrate IAD is associated with dysfunctions in the dopaminergic brain systems. Our findings also support the claim that IAD may share similar neurobiological abnormalities with other addictive disorders.

Questionnaire-based Internet addiction studies (that is, studies without brain imaging) have also found decreased working memory, poor information processing and impaired executive control. Their results also line up with ADD/ADHD findings.

The most significant bit of evidence may come from one study, which also followed recovering Internet addicts. Brain scans showed reversal of brain changes and better cognitive function. Said one group of researchers:

After treatment, in all groups, the [Internet Addiction] score was lowered significantly ... and scores of short-term memory capacity and short-term memory span increased significantly.

In other words, perhaps a more long-term strategy is called for than just closing porn tabs while doing homework.

'Don't forget' stickyRecent neurological studies on porn users/sex addicts have identified many of the same brain changes as seen in internet addicts and drug addicts. While dopamine receptors have yet to be assessed in porn addicts, neurological desensitization and habituation have been identified. Using various methodologies six studies have reported desensitization in porn users 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.). This strongly points to a decline in reward system dopamine signaling. In addition, a dozen studies have reported impaired executive control or dysfunctional prefrontal circuits in porn users: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. Both desensitization and impaired executive functioning can result in poorer cognitive functioning. 

Cues, Cravings and Addiction

Researchers designed the current working-memory study in part because individual porn users report problems during or after Internet porn consumption, such as neglecting or forgetting responsibilities, missing appointments and losing sleep, leading to negative consequences. The scientists note that their findings might indicate the cognitive mechanisms contributing to loss of control over use of Internet porn:

Internet sex participants' executive functioning could be reduced during their engagement in Internet sex, since [working memory] is a necessary and important factor of goal-directed behaviors. ... One might argue that if subjects' attention to sexual stimuli and subsequent sexual arousal interfered with executive functioning and decision making, then they might be less able to monitor and control their own Internet sex use.

Researchers emphasized that subjective arousal while watching porn is the main predictor of degree of problems from Internet sex (as opposed to time spent watching and various other factors). The scientists noted parallels with substance addicts, for whom addiction-related cues lead to stronger attention capturing, high craving and an increased probability of relapse. They propose that a strong need to masturbate in response to porn might reflect underlying cravings and signal the presence of addiction.

In short, porn users who quit porn and then notice improvements in concentration and memory aren't imagining those improvements. The evidence suggests the improvements come down to the reversal of addiction-related alterations in the brain.


More self-reports relevant to concentration and Internet porn use:

"I think I'm on day thirteen or so now. I feel very focused and can concentrate better than usual. I keep eye contact when talking to people, and socialising feels more stable. I think my voice is deeper and sounds less "bothered" and more clear."


"When I was [using Internet porn] I had like this brain fog or constant hungover-like feeling, which made it hard for me to concentrate, talk to people or just do my everyday tasks. After 7-10 days this feeling went away. My mind became very clear, thoughts easy controllable, and I became much more relaxed in general."


"My memory has improved. I have very explicit dreams. Conversation is easy. I feel hungry again (metaphorically speaking)."


"I feel much more in control and calm now. Things are really going well for me now (in terms of my financial problems etc). My ability to concentrate and think logically has skyrocketed without the fog."


"I am currently at 14 days and it's an easy ride so far. The benefits I have noticed are vastly increased concentration and focus."


"Some of the benefits I have experienced: I am more sociable, I can retain and remember information a lot better. I remember events in my past life a lot better. I am not irritable, and am more focused. I can execute tasks a lot faster."


"Another really significant change is dream frequency or dream recall. I have had, and remembered, more dreams than ever since quitting porn. Don’t know what it is. Maybe my brain was exhausted by the porn before bed and didn't have the energy to dream or something."


"14 days - I'm amazed at how I remember all these details about her, whereas previously I would just be looking at a girls boobs, and if they weren't fake I wasn't interested."


"I've found my vocabulary has returned to a level that I remember it being at years ago."


"I can do other things. I feel other things. I want and desire other things. I am no longer always seeking my next fix. Porn images don't have the power they once had over me, nor am I a lust-ball all day. I am starting to finally have a mind that has the concentration to think about other things besides sex."


"Another result: my writing has gotten much better. I don't mean handwriting (though that got better too). I mean word choice, sentence structure, etc. During my first year of graduate school (which I just finished), writing was a real chore. Now, after no-porn, it's a pleasure. So easy and free. I have more words at my disposal, probably because my memory has improved in general."


90 days: -Much less anxiety -More discipline -Improved memory and focus -Increased sex drive with my girlfriend -More assertive -Better judgment.


"[6 weeks] My concentration, my effort, my attention to detail, my memory, my recall, and my social skills have all improved."


"Around the time I started using porn a few years ago, my memory began to fog. My whole life since then seemed like an unidentifiable blob. Now, a few months into recovery, past memories are coming to me. At first, I was in disbelief that they even happened because they are so joyful and carefree. Yet finally, after being frustrated with this for so long, I feel like this IS my life, and those happy memories are real. I have been struggling to feel any connection with my past life and actions. Now that my past is flying back at me, and it all feels terrific. Also, dreams. Even dreams that happened months ago are coming back to me, and it is also quite enjoyable."


"What I have noticed for myself is that abstaining from [porn] has dramatically improved my memory. The interesting thing, which I didn't even realize until just now, is that my blood sugar has been much more stable since I have not been experiencing orgasms. There is a connection between memory and high glucose in the brain or low. I just didn't think about how stable it’s been since NO masturbation to porn. Perhaps dopamine has an effect on how the brain processes sugars."


"3 weeks - My memory is a lot better. I don't have those brain-fart moments like I use to. Now things come to me easily, which is good."


My semester GPA's almost directly correlate with my fapping patterns. Lots of PMO = sleeping in and skipping class. Never realized the problem until now


"I have more energy than before, horny as hell but I can control it. My memory has gotten better. And I've got that social guy, who once lived in me, back. I got my charm back and it is worth every sleepless night and frustrated minute that I spent fighting this addiction.""[90-day report] Clearer mind. My mind had never been more clear in my life within those three months. The lack of fapping and porn really gives you a lot of time to think about your own life and puts everything into perspective."


"Things I have noticed: decreased anxiety, less mood swings, more social, more confidence, more ballsy when it comes to girls, urge to improve myself, better concentration, smoother talking, good jokes: bad jokes ratio improvement, you get the idea." "(Day 15) - Positive Attitude

  • - Motivation to do everyday tasks (and do them faster)
  • - Sharper memory
  • - More productive
  • - More creative
  • - Desire to take on and embrace responsibilities
  • - Clearer head
  • - Better ability to see the steps necessary to reach an end goal and to implement those steps
  • - CONFIDENCE RETURNING, and continually increasing
  • - General enjoyment of life
  • - More present/attentive in conversations with others
  • - Quicker wit, finding everything more humorous
  • - Greater desire to socialize with others"

"Memory - always had a good one - but quitting put it through the roof. I could enter a room of 15 people and learn+ recall specifically all their phone numbers in under 5 min. GPA 4.  Social anxiety and BS negative thinking ----> out with the trash."


Anyone notice a memory increase? (ignore badge I'm resetting)

KojaKhan

Yeah dude. Every damn day I would yell across the house at whoever was around: "Where's my hat??!" "Where are my shoes!!!"
"Anybody seen my keys? My keys have vanished!". A week into NoFap on my first time and I remembered where I dropped my shit, and things that my parents had asked me to do. It was awesome.

Kusak

Definitely. Excessive masturbation for me, has resulted in symptoms such as eye floaters, hand tremors, poor memory, acne, brain fog, fatigue and a lack of concentration. I thought these symptoms were scams by several websites in order to sell their products until I began experiencing them for myself.

Had my longest streak ever recently: 19 days and I must say I noticed an improvement in both my memory and concentration. I also felt less fatigued all the time.


Damn you, Brain fog.

I have been an avid fapper since the age of 12 and and a couple of days ago i began nofap. It has been Three days and this "brain fog" is slowly dissipating.

I have been it a horribly dense fog for the past 3 1/2 years that i thought that i would never get out of and have accepted this as how i will always be, it has been complete hell. The past few days have been the happiest of my life, i can focus, I am more alert and feel amazing compared to my normal run down state of mind.

But, although most of the time the fog is gone, I have been incredibly pissed off at absolutely nothing, right now i am mashing the hell out of my computer keys due to rampant source-less anger. I am really typing this so I can get some support from you guys so i don't go back to the my old shitty habits.


Musings on day 50, benefits, nofap fact-checking.

BRAIN FOG EXISTS:During each of the binges, I can FEEL the brain fog happening. I've seen porn a couple of times during moments of weakness and the act of MO, or edging is not necessary for fog to come back. Just viewing porn and allowing those feelings to flood through causes it. Each time takes several days to reset back to normal but it appears to be a thing that gets faster each time. I have also noticed for the first time about 40 days into this that I have no interest in seeing anything hardcore and even when clicking on it it's not arousing. I had several different things that I found arousing (not quite fetishes) that had gathered over the years and I could definitely tell that my brain was cycling through them almost chronologically . The thing my brain 'craves' now is just pictures of amateur girls, only softcore. I did have a few moments of weakness with edging early on and I definitely can tell that things were more sensitive. I would venture a guess that I would not last long these days.


Strange effects of NoFap

Just to start off with, a little bit of background. From 16, I used to PMO at least 3 times a day (very often more). I used to get awesome grades but was terrible with women and society in general. Then I got to university and as my raging hormones calmed down, my PMO'ing did not.

This somehow led to my desensitization and non-motivation to a lot of things - including women. This basically meant that I said what I wanted when I wanted however I wanted because I just didn't care about the consequences (I think as a result of the brain being numbed down through all my PMO'ing - if a girl rejected me, it didn't matter because I could find pixels 10x better than any girl I could ever get).

So women started becoming attracted to me because of my unintentional relaxed confidence in speech and attitude. I didn't have the inclination to act on it because as mentioned before, there were pixels and if I did act on it, I couldn't get it up well enough to have enjoyable PIV anyway. As this started happening, my grades started slipping, I found it harder to remember things.....it was like my brain had become static. I used to have a near-photographic memory that turned into forgetting people's names (one thing I used to make it a point specifically never to do).

Since I started NoFap 20 days ago, my brain has become ridiculously sharper, to the point where I feel like I've never been better intellectually. I can focus longer, remember more and I can just absorb information almost as well as in high school (after 20 days!). On the social side, I am also going back to my high school days. I've gone back to being a socially awkward, nervous mess. I'm overthinking conversations instead of acting instinctively on things, making small talk (something I considerably improved on when I was desensitized) almost impossible.

TL;DR Before NoFap = good social skills, good with women (but no motivation to pursue) and terrible brain. After NoFap = terrible social skills, terrible with women and incredible brain.


kito9911 days

Same type of situation here. I'm only 11 days in, but I feel like I'm slowing (and I'm happy it is) reverting to my brain-fog free high school mind.

My concentration is better, motivation to do well in school is back, and most importantly my desire to socialize is better. But yep, I was also an over-thinker back then, and I feel it creeping back. It'll go away. It's something that can definitely be worked on, improved with confidence and time. The brain fog is what the real problem is. Keep it off, and you've got the right person to handle the social skills issue.

Most importantly, try to spend more time with friends, and as little time as possible on the computer.


Superpower | Not Female Related

I can speak my second language, French, fluently. Even though I learnt it in school for many years and live in a country where it's the main language, I used to always stutter when speaking it and due to brain fog, I couldn't express myself well because I always forgot words and expressions. I was also so unconfident when speaking it because I was self-conscious of my supposed English accent. However, I can literally talk to people now as if it's my mother tongue. The words just roll off my tongue and I don't stutter anymore. Incredible. Really. And people have the audacity to say that nofap is not magic.


Who has cured derealization/depersonalization/brain fog?

So I've experienced a constant buzz of brain fog for the past several years. Essentially started to drift in towards my last year of High School all the way until now (~persistient for the past 9 years). At times I wondered if it was actually brain fog or if it was just actually me being, well, me.

But when the brain fog did wear off in those off, randomly occuring instances in the past few years, it felt great. Felt like I was the "real me" again, capable of doing anything, and everything. It would last only a day or so, I'd have incredible energy, be able to connect well with everyone, and truly feel alive. Then the brain fog would wear in again and zombie mode would initiate. I'd go back to the lazy, droning, unmotivated "shell" of a real person for a period of time until I'd get another break in the clouds.

So I've always known that there was something "wrong" in my perception ability, and would only really notice it when I'd be on the other side of the fence; when the brain fog would clear up.

Recently (11 days now), I've stopped fapping and looking at porn (I was the 1 or 2 a day type), and have noticed that the brain fog is gone. Not faded out, not just thinner, but GONE.

I breathe, and feel it. I see people, and look in their eyes. I know where I am, what I'm doing, what time it is, and what I have to do in the next hours, days, weeks. I can stay focused for much longer periods of time and feel motivated to do tons of things at once. I have a skip in my step and really look around and see a whole different world.

Most importantly, it's me. The real me. The me that's always been blinded by the mundane drag-down of brain fog.

I still have a long way to go. Almost a decade of being "in the dark" isn't something easy to transition from in terms of habits and time management, but the person is there, and I've got the motivation to turn it all around.

So yes, in my opinion, brain fog (or "derealization") is definitely linked to addictions, excessive internet use. Fapping was my addiction, my "escape", but was also what was causing this "tunnel vision" or brain fog of a sort that just told my brain to stick to the bare basics and forego any other important thing in life. It wanted the porn, the fapping, the orgasm, nothing else.

Sorry about the length. Stop the porn, the fapping is all in the mind. Tell your close friends about what you're doing. Look forward to seeing the badge timer count up. Set a "minimum" (doesn't have to be 90 days) but make it so that it's the "longest" you've gone without fapping.

Stay real, just like in the matrix; you choose if you either want to stay in your familiar "sense" of what is reality, or take the other pill and dive in to what is the real and complete you. The you that has unlocked and can achieve your full potential and live a complete, and happy life.

Good luck.


Obligatory 90-day, and where I'm going from here...

91 days, whatever--I think it's a little behind anyway.

Background: Divorced single Dad, 38, never had any huge problem with porn, MO maybe 3-4x/wk. Stumbled across this sub, read for a bit, and jumped in. I've always been a very self-disciplined person, I typically just need a reason to do something. Reading all the benefits/experiences/etc, was all I needed.

Now, my experiences. Truthfully, it was pretty easy for me--as I said before, I just need a good reason to do something, and I'm all in. Reading other people's experiences on relapse was definitely a great motivator as well, I knew that I would feel like crap, and I didn't want that.

I started a new job that I've been chasing for a year about a month into this, and have found it's so much easier to concentrate and get things done. As others have said, the 'brainfog' is gone, and I feel much more alert, and have a clarity of thinking that is awesome. I did get the week-in testosterone spike, which was awesome!

But, it will never become a habit again.


How I changed my life in 30 days (and why you should too)

I have been trying and failing at nofap for approximately 9 months. But the one thing I never did was give up and get to that point where I told my self that theres no way I will be able to stop watching porn or masturbating.

Since then, I have changed my life completely.

-I started waking up at 6am everyday feeling energized (before with fapping, I would feel exhausted waking up). The difficult part is forcing yourself to go to bed at 10am while everyone else is up.

My concentration in class has increased dramatically! Seriously for those of you who are in Uni or College, NoFap is a miracle for the brain. Before I used to have to force myself to concentrate in class and would still end up "zoning out" whereas now, I can concentrate in a 3 hour lecture with almost no issues (its still improving).

-My mind just feels clearer and I can think much more creatively. Memory is also far better, Im a lot less forgetful.

What have I become? An overall well balanced and happy individual. My friends have told me that I seem a lot different now a days. My sleep is perfect, my gyming and eating habbits are now in order, my academics have improved greatly for sure and my social life has become great.

30 days and my life has changed from the depressed, anti-social, low confidence, brain-fogged, numb individual to who I am now. I am still improving. I hope this will motivate some of you do NoFap with additional things to improve quickly all around.


I've gained 'super-powers', and I've seen this mental state before. I've had super powers the whole time, just for only 10 seconds at a time.

I've been so unable to explain how this last 48 days has affected my mental state. I keep saying things like "my brain is in a different mode of operation", "i'm more alpha male", "i'm so confident", but I realized just an hour ago that I've seen this "mental state" before, in fact, I saw it every day.

Every time, right after ejaculation, I would feel incredibly clear headed, focused, motivated, and ready to take on the world... For about 10 SECONDS. Then that would fade, and I'd be back into thinking about playing a video game, or watching TV.

Well, that 10 seconds is the mental state i'm in now. That's the sneak peak behind the brain that was stuck in a lustful state, I saw it so many times, nearly every day. I now realize that that's the state I feel in ALL THE TIME now. I'm always clear headed, focused and ready to take on the world, from when I wake up, til I go to bed.

So, if you can relate to those few seconds experienced after each time we got our jollies, THAT's what you get to look forward to upon success.

For me, the light switch really started to flip at day 28, and besides some ups and downs, at day 48 now I'm just beaming. :-)


Does anyone notice an increase in memory/concentration?

This is one of the main reasons i'm thinking of giving this a go. I've noticed my memory start deteriorating over the years and im not sure if its fapping that could be causing it. I do usually fap about 2-3 times a day btw. And while I have seen a few people attest to increased memory, I wanted to see if its a general benefit people experience

REPLY 1)

Absolutely! I've noticed an increase in my concentration during classes. Even if I'm not interested in the material being presented, I am able to follow along and not zone out.

REPLY 2)

Well I can't particularly say that in my longest streak thus far (kind of a sad small handful of 8 days) that I was any more capable of focusing. I think what did happen, though, was that I was more willing to confront problems and deal patiently with frustrating or boring situations instead of trying to escape them. I was more present mentally.


93 Days!

It's been 93 days and I think I can go forever. I think I haven't felt this good for as long as I can remember. I am 18 years old in high school with ADHD (I don't take drugs) and Sleep Apnea. I feel shitty most of the times if I don't get a lot of sleep and if I don't exercise which gets me tired. Doing NoFap for 90 days, taking daily vitamins and fish oil every morning, being proactive has helped myself a lot. I can concentrate in homework more, be more productive in life and many other things. Life is good.


link to reddit/nofap thread -

Anybody a false positive for ADD/ADHD before finding this sub?


worst student + nofap = best student

Thanks to nofap I became the best student in class (highest marks and honorary shit). After being the worst student in high school, sleeping all the time in the class because I was up all night playing video games and fapping (I’m in college now, Computer science major). nofap changed me to my very fucking core. The thing is, the core changes didn't happen in days like most posts says, yes i experienced happens and shit at first, but the good stuff came about year later, my memory become so fucking sharp i can remember literally everything I want without even trying. When i was in high school the hardest question the teacher asked is: what did we take last session? Impossible for to answer, I can't even remember if I attended the last class. Now?? I remember all the semester's lectures organized in my mind by order. I know it sounds like a lie but it is the truth. I'm ten times smarter and more analytic. What I’m trying to say is nofap is not just an improvement or enhancement. Nofap is rejuvenation. You definitely cannot afford to lose seeing what you would have become if you stopped PMOing.

PS: English is not my first language, nor second.


The dopamine thing. What if you have ADHD?

Hey guys, We all know that dopamine plays a role in the PMO addiction. My question is, what came first, a possible dopamine deficiency problem that leads one to PMO or the PMO that creates the dopamine problems down the road?

I have ADHD and have a pretty hard time focusing. I think that initially masturbating is what helped me calm down and focus as I assume my brain was low on dopamine. Obviously then it escalated to porn years later which is definitely not healthy. The reason I bring this up is because I can give up porn very easily. Giving up masturbating is a little more tough. I'm currently 38 days in and have previously gone 90 days without PMO. However, I'm still pretty uninterested in women and my focus hasn't gotten that much better. My mood is slightly more stable and improved though.

Do any of you suffer from ADHD? I occasionally will take my meds which instantly calm me down, boost my mood, and I can focus. Believe it or not, I am much more into women on them too and have always met a few girls while the pill is "on". Perhaps it's because I can turn off all the background noise and crap in my brain and focus on what's in front of me.

Anyhow, I'm wondering if getting on my meds again will help with the NoFap or if the meds that are boosting my dopamine will cause me to further create a dopamine problem? I haven't used my meds during this 38 day stretch which is a small victory. But I think I should still be performing much higher at life. Any thoughts?

amirborna131

I have adhd and took adderall for 2 years. After NoFap about 40 days in I can't stand it anymore and don't take adderall.

I have to put much more effort into focusing but ultimately when I try without adderall, I end up performing better. My test grades don't lie

Gyrolin279 days

I'm with this guy. I was on 50mg vyvanse for 4+ years and I decided to come off of it by choice. It was a fucking terrible time, but I definitely couldn't focus as much. After about a month or so of nofap(2 years after stopping meds) I started seeing visible differences in my ability to concentrate and am doing quite well without the meds.

recover92153 days

i was diagnosed with ADHD when i was 6 (mid 1980s) i was put on ritalin and was able to pay attention in school after that. by the time i was 12-13 i was able to go off ritalin and able to cope with my ADHD through several copping mechanisms and a lot of mental focus.( i in no way think this is possible for everyone with ADHD and i do not recommend going off your medication without talking to your doctor) i started PMO when i was 11 and i didn't notice any changes to my pattern of PMO when i went off meds. i never found masturbation to be a coping technique for my ADHD. my advice to you is if you find your life easier on your meds stay on your meds. being on meds doesn't mean you are weak or broken. as too whether it will create a further dopamine problem, the science isn't really clear on that point yet. just know that you aren't alone.

MrSmithPrime2 days

I have ADHD and take Ritalin. Quitting fapping is easier when you're busy, but for the ADHD person, staying busy means jumping from one impulse to the next. I made it to Day 42 recently, after 8-9 week long stints and relapses, and I can't tell you how much it helped.

My advice is to stay on the meds regularly, and decide within yourself that "Today, I won't fap." and move on that day.

dota2nub 1 point2 hours ago

I had ADHD diagnosed and was on concerta (long acting form of ritalin) - maximum dosage. On day 8 of nofap, I kid you not, I quit my meds. I didn't even notice except a tiny drop in energy the next day that quickly filled back up.


53 days report

 It was very hard to get here and it's my personal best so far after those days if i came by and watch porn i would found it silly, disgusting and way over what i want.

if any thing that can turn me on is a hot girl walk on the street but i know how to deal with this temptations by just ignoring them because there is nothing in the word deserve to spoil 53 days on it and by remembering that feeling after you relapse that depression feeling,frustration and that you think you will may commit suicide because you keep failing.

Now i can focus more than before . i memorize a lot of things with out keep forgetting it.

I'm not shy any more i can talk to a girl and make an eye contact while I'm talking with her . And now I can talk easily with them with out Stutter. and i can feel the real emotions when you like a girl.


Glad to see increasing attention paid to this (http://blogs.psychcentral.com/sex-addiction/2013/03/the-power-of-porn-at...). As a 26 yo guy who has battled porn addiction for years, I hope there's a push to pass along this advice to the current crop of young chaps growing up in the smartphone age. It would have spared me much shame and embarrassment to know the risks of viewing pornography.

Interesting ties between ADHD/autism and sex addiction. I don't think I have any type of clinical behavioral abnormality (besides the weirdness inherent to every human being), but I have noticed a marked lack of focus and ability to function socially in the midst of a porn binge. I feel numb to everything, and my experiences don't stick to me or resonate as they should. My mind becomes a metaphorical cold, concrete wall: hard and unchanging, as well as stuck where it is. I can't appreciate another person's beauty or wit because I can't notice them. Methinks it's some kind of unconscious shame at what I've done in secret, and it's a terrible state. I'll be in this funk for so long that I'll start to believe it's really what my personality has changed into.

But then I'll go for a stretch of a month or so without relapsing. This normally coincides with religious inspiration of some kind. Or a turn at poetry or philosophy. I'll be able to understand nuance and make timely witticisms in the presence of an attractive female (the ultimate test) without backsliding into smutty thoughts about her. Self-control makes one feel so alive. It's about this time I get a girlfriend and eventually start a sexual relationship again, but then we'll break up or whatever and I'll be back at the computer filling the newfound urge, and destroying my mind all over again.


I TRULY believe that nofap cured my ADD concentration/focus disorder

(Trying my best English)

OK not completely cured, but it really helped me concentrate better and have a lot better focus.Before starting nofap I had problems with social anxiety and having conversations with people, every time I had a conversation i couldn't stay concentrated and i would drift off and get very nervous, also i sat a lot at home and i would only go out if friends call me, I never took the first step to be outgoing or something. I had problems at work I always was nervous about failing and I was always scared of letting people down. I would always get drunk when i could because that calms me down.

I DID A STREAK OF 130 DAYS OF NOFAP: After like 1 month or so i began to gain confidence and I was full of live! I felt so great I was really successful at work and when i spoke to people i wasn't nervous anymore and I could follow every conversation, studying is not so difficult anymore I was CALM and i could THINK STRAIGHT. girls noticed me a lot more and they really liked me a lot more ( had sex with a couple girls between day 105 and 120! damnn). (also cured from ED)

Fail on day 130...... I looked at porn again... really stupid I thought it couldn't hurt but it did. 5 weeks of fapping and I was getting really frustrated, short fused. I couldn't concentrate and my social anxiety came back and i was getting nervous at work. Couldn't perform as good as I did then doing nofap...

Now almost a week on nofap again and i feel everything turning positive again. So weird how nofap affects me, it seems a bit logical because PMO is dopamine thing and add has to do a lot with dopamine too. I really learned a lot about my journey of nofap the last couple of months and i am determined to do nofap my entire life. I have to do this for myself


Ak_Float_Flyer

Cleared up a brain fog that was getting so bad I was worried about early onset alzheimers (I'm 48). One of the reasons I started Nofap was that I was afraid I might have to take early retirement and didn't want to grow old alone. Now I have every expectation of another 20 productive years.

That is fucking huge. And totally unexpected.

Health Benefits?


6 months in, sharing experience

Then with time my grades started jumping, and 5 months into this course, I do not kid you I have the highest grade possible in atleast 80% of the stuff we've worked with, straight A's in most things, and it is important to realize it is indeed not nofap that made me smarter or better at studying, nofap only gave me the tools to control those factors, and I took the steeringwheel and made myself proud.


Never realized how ADD I was til now.

The last couple of days I noticed something different. I'm not a spazz when talking to people anymore and I'm more calm and attentive when listening to them. I give them their time to speak and then when it's my turn I speak with a calm and collected response. I've noticed people are sooo much more positive when talking to me now. NoFap truly is improving me day by day.


Nofap and IQ

I definitely believe my IQ is boosted a few points after a couple days of Nofap. Thoughts are lucid, short-term memory is noticeably improved. Every time I relapse I become a dull-witted retard. How many of you guys have experienced this? Maybe some of you would help me test the theory with an online IQ test. :)


Got the worst case of brain fog in history, never fapping again

Fuck that, I lost all my mental power, got a thick cloud of brain fog from 2 weeks of straight relapse, lost a great opportunity with a women cause of it.

I'm going for 90 days, self discipline to the max no drinking or drugs and straight focus on self building. ready to do this....do it for you


Day 30: Brain no longer a continuous porno movie

After hitting 30 days, I've realized that as long as I was tolerating myself fapping, I was also letting myself fantasize anything about anyone, anywhere and anytime I wanted. It was like continual pornography was playing in my head all the time.
Since I started NoFap, I knew I couldn't let myself do that, or it would just lead to relapsing. Then guess what happened? I discovered that I do have the power to shift my mind away from fantasizing. I think this has made the biggest difference to me. I feel like I can learn things much better in my studies now and concentrate longer. Now that escaping into erotic fantasies isn't an option anymore, I have more free mental energy to actually move my life forward with concentrated purpose. When I was letting my hormones carry my brain away into fantasy-land all the time, it's no wonder I couldn't get anywhere in life!

So I have a theory that the thing that really allows you to prosper after quitting PMO is cleaning out your thought world.


anyone else notice this? voice/reading ability

I noticed my ability to read things out loud had greatly improved and also my voice and pronunciation are clearer and more concise. I don't have the fuzziness or cloudy brain feeling anymore since nofap and words come out easier. even my social anxiety has diminished greatly.


Just how powerful is PIED?

Alienship

I'm guessing like most guys who found the site, we were just doing this to get our sexual tools back to strength, little did I know the other benefits. I made a post a few weeks back explaining how I've always felt 'different', forgetful, temperamental moods/anxiety etc. But because I've lived like this for so long, this is ME. And I guess the changes I may see scare me, almost like I've wasted my Life with porn and never could be the real me.

Or maybe this isn't porn, but how I am? So Just how powerful are the mental affects of PIED? I think there's no doubt that over a decade of using porn more or less everyday has change chemicals in the brain but I'm so used to this sh*t I can't see differently.

Anyway, my reboot is going strong. :)

Big Lebowski

What you just described in that post is very true my friend. We are not our trueselfs whilst we accompany this addiciton we are only giving in to our 'addict brain.' I can relate when you say about living the same lifestyle for so long and thinking its who you really are.. but it isn't you'' discover that when you reboot and stay away from pmo, that shit is a drug and like other drugs takes control over you for so long. Trust me you can be your true self if you change your lifestyle and dont view porn no more.

Alienship

Thanks brother. There's a very exciting aspect to it as well, things I've never been able to understand like my stutter. I have a severe stammer  BUT when talking to certain people i.e girls, it's non existent, I had to tell my current partner I had one as she didn't know. It's been said that too much dopamine in a certain part contributes to stuttering. I'm wondering if improvement can be seen whilst rebooting. I believe it may solve a lot of issues within the brain.

I had a brief gambling addiction for several months, the connection between the two are very similar, as with all addictions I guess. I lost all respect for money, money meant nothing. If I won, I wanted more, I didn't respect it and needed to spend more each time to get a bigger buzz.

I gambled online in front of my screen, that was my addiction. I didn't get the urge to gamble in shop or real casino. Just like real women vs pixels, real casino's didn't 'turn me on'. This addiction shares many factors with PIED. I've never had any type of addiction before this.

But being a brief stint, I guess my brain didn't get a chance to re-wire like a decade of porn use! (God, that sounds scary)


Improved Memory

Ever since I stopped fapping, I noticed that my memory is getting better. I remember names, directions, and places with less effort.


Interesting thought about nofap and intelligence/information retention

I'm not sure if it's no fap or no porn but I'm doing much better in school I just made my first A in a long while and it felt good. I actually feel like I'm learning and understanding the material better. Anyway just a thought and was curious if anyone else has noticed their school work improve. EDITalso I'm in the process of working for a 911 service as an EMT-Intermediate I got the call to come in for testing the same day I did well on my exam. Things are starting to come together


93 Day report from one of the old guys! Been really busy and missed the 90 days!

The real superpower for me has been clarity. I've no brain fog, I'm totally motivated and have so much energy. I'm up at 6am every morning (instead of 10 minutes before I have to leave the house), I go to bed at a reasonable hour and the best superpower of them all - I'm happy. Truly happy.

Moodswings Happy now, but around day 50-70, I had the worst mood-swings and felt under a cloud one minute and elated the next. It was difficult to deal with. I imagine this as the last of the 'poison' leaving my porn-brain and my new brain coming in and doing it's thing.

If you are going through the mood-swings, it's difficult, but it passes. It's a relief when you know that's over.

My new life

Well. What's changed?

Loads.

Work wise (different boss from the last one mentioned), my boss said to me 2 weeks ago he's noticed a real change. He always thought I was a bit lazy but I've upped my game and things have gone amazing. It's a small business and the boss has no kids interested in running it. We've been in discussions in the last few weeks about me buying the business in 5 years when he wants to retire. It's a not a multi-million dollar business, but it's in the top half of the 6 figures in terms of turnover. I directly attribute this to my brain being off porn and the fog gone. I'm motivated to do well.

I've also started a weekend small business which began last weekend. It's started making me a couple of hundred bucks on the weekends and if I push it, could maybe bring in as much as $1,000 over the 2 days. I dont want to push it because I love my time with my family ;) But, this is time I would of spent looking at porn - I used it to develop this small business.


Do you think nofap has affected your school work or academic studies?

TKD_Master

Oh yes indeed

tbss4

Yest it has affected my academic performance, most significant impact is the focus and determination which I get from it, especially in maths class. While doing NoFap I tend to slack off less and concentrate on the problem at hand, while usually if I have had recently relapsed i feel unenergetic, lazy and cant be bothered to do any work, findind it boring and useless.

In another way while NoFap is helping me focus and concentrate, but usually when I am at home trying to do an assignment or an essay I do have to control my urges from the built up testosterone, so it does in a way affect me negatively as I have to spend some time trying to control my urges as I'm at home, bored and working on my computer, and hence alot of time gets wasted.

BUT in the end it will be worth it because Self Discipline does not come easy and it is what all of us are trying to acheive, and also our brain would have rebooted and rewired and we would be able to refrain from PMO easier.

mrizzyg

Yes, it affected my academic performance, and work performance. At the start of my academic career, I was able to focus, I was super motivated, and thew myself into my studies. The more access to porn I got (higher broad band speeds), the more addicted I became. My GPA slipped (not significantly, but I was a 3.7-3.8 student, but I left with a 3.5). I was unable to remember things, and have a higher "picture" of the material. My ability to concentrate for sustained periods of time dwindled. I became lonely, which compounded the problem. I slipped into depression due to the lonliness, and compounded the problem further.

On top of all of this, I had HOCD, and even went to therapy because I thought I was gay. I had a hard time. There was, however, a period of 2-3 weeks where I told myself that I wouldn't watch porn. I was more participatory in class, better memory, more focus, more social, and started to become happy. HOCD came back, and I went back into it.

My mentors called me out on my lack of focus. I had to be sat down once to get my head straight. I just couldn't process things during that time. Later, at my first job, I would become "forgetful", not motivated, and generally unhappy. My boss and supervisors took note. I felt so worthless about it.

As I began to get away from PMO, my performance increased dramatically. My bosses would praise my effort, and I actually started to care about work. More recently, I was given tasks at my current position (which I started a few months ago). Sometimes I would have to ask twice what the instructions were. My working memory on a given task suffered, as did my motvation. After about 2 weeks of no PMO (which that this point, was just "No MO), my performance greatly increased, and my boss was happy with my quality of work. Last week, I pulled an all nighter becasue I wanted it to be that good. My boss took note. I'm going to be on a bigger project now.

My ability to think and reason improves greatly during no PMO. My motivation is better, and I begin to have more confidence. Again, this is only after I MO binge. I haven't watched P or any varient for some time now.

SnowboarderZX

Definitely, I don't procrastinate as much and I'm more willing to do work. Used to be if I got a lot of homework I would think, "OK, this I'll do now, this I'll do in Lunch, and this I just won't do.

Psychonaut1

Yes, it effects memory. I have a hard time with short term memory recall. It's similar to when I used to smoke weed daily.


30 Days

I'm 18 years old and porn was ruining my life. Prior to Nofap i was PMOing at least once a day. I started watching porn at about 14, and back then it was fun. I was content with normal porn, and it felt good to explore my sexuality. But around 15 i started to become depressed, so naturally i used PMO as a crutch. I couldn't stop. I began to fap more and more to worse and worse things. I started by watching softcore stuff, and by the time i stopped i was hiding in my bathroom watching shemale hentai. I had to make a change. I came across Nofap, and decided to take the plunge.

Its been 30 days now, and the results are in.

After about a week, i started to notice some changes. As for "superpowers", i haven't gained boundless amounts of confidence and energy, but there have been substantial changes. I didn't gain confidence exactly, but i noticed that i would just start up conversations with girls for the hell of it. I stopped thinking about the conversation beforehand and worrying myself out of it. I just did it without a second thought, and it felt GOOD. My social anxiety started to go away. My energy levels haven't gone up at all, but what i have noticed is that i have much more motivation now. I'm not as lazy. When something important is due, i get it done, when i wouldn't have before. I've started to play both the guitar and the piano, too. I have hobbies now!

My brain fog has seriously decreased as well. Things seem clearer to me now. At school, i feel more involved than before. It's so much easier to talk to people now. I'm also starting to figure myself out, and my goals in life. I feel like a better me.


Anybody with ADD or ADHD out there who can confirm it helps with focus and concentration?

Please give me some motivation to get this thing going again . . .

Copenhagen23

I have ADD. More specifically my attention span is short and it effects my memory negatively. Since starting No Fap the first thing I noticed was that my memory has improved significantly. I also have social anxiety and my anxiety is an afterthought at this point. All in all you have nothing to lose and everything to gain with No Fap.

paranoidhigh

Ive had ADHD all my life, and nofap definitely helps, but I still find it necessary to stay on my medication. That being said, I find myself not needing it as much as I used too. Hope this helps!

redditcarl

Hey man, I understand how you feel. I'm around your age and I too suffer from ADHD.

I relapsed from nofap last night but for the days I was going strong I noticed improvement in concentration.

I know how you feel, going to work early because you have so much work to catch up on... Only to not get anything done because you can't stick to one task and get distracted so quickly.


NoFap -- better than Adderall

If there was one thing that helped me tremendously during college, I'd have to say it was Adderall (or any stimulant for that matter - Modafinil etc.). Although, I wasn't prescribed it or diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, I felt as if it was the missing piece in my life. It helped with the obvious such as shifting my focus to school and work, and almost completely relieving me of social anxiety. At first it was only during midterms or finals, and eventually when I had a steady connect it became a regular thing. Including taking it on nights that I knew I would drink a lot or be up for a while. I was able to be out till 4 am, then wake up at 7 the next day and be ready for school. It was as if I found the cure to all my problems. But then it hit me like a brick wall...

The tolerance quickly built up and I had this state of depression when I was off of it. I was clearly addicted and I knew it was slowly chipping away at me. I decided to continue usage until graduation, and after graduating the most intense desire to end my life and probably the worst mental state I had ever been in started to settle in. It was during this time when I realized how even though Adderall had helped me with school and socializing, it destroyed my ability to naturally develop myself as a man.

Before all this, I was lazy, in complete mental fog, would masturbate at least 2-3 times a day and constantly fantasize about pornography. It was clear that my brains wiring was fucked up. So when I had the opportunity to take a stimulant that virtually got rid of all these side effects I was thrilled. Unfortunately, I started PMO'ing even more and the adderall made me super horny. It got worse post graduation when I would masturbate, sleep, eat junk food constantly to relieve myself of the dreaded stimulant comedown and just natural depression.

I was then introduced to NoFap, and the longest streak I've had has been about 20 days. But the gains I experienced in that time were tremendously better than taking a stimulant. Even though I recently relapsed, I had learned a lot about myself and my internal strength and willpower in those 20 days. I naturally wanted to learn, socially interact, take up new hobbies etc...And this was all before even hitting 90 days so I can't wait to feel the changes at that time.

Anyways, I just want to share with yall how NoFap has changed my life for the better. Cheers!


NoFap and Studying

Background - Med Student. During anatomy I probably fapped almost every day and it was hard to retain information and studying was a challenge.

A week in to nofap and studying has become easier!! I have a biochem test tomorrow and I'm able to recall things way better than in anatomy and I'm also feeling so much more rested when I wake up in the morning. Glad I have this community to keep me going! Let's see my badge turn in to a 2 a week from today!


Nofap feels like the pill from the movie limitless

Well not quite, but each day I feel myself noticing more things that I did before, and I'm just like "how did I live like this?!" My body feels better because I feel like doing the necessary things things to make that happen, and in turn my mental health feels better. It all falls in to place once you take that energy you were once just releasing, and you USE it. People are telling me I look "brighter" every time I talk to a girl their faces light up with a smile, and I actually feel like I can hold a conversation, because my mind is working so much faster!


For hard cases it may take years for results

What the crap is up fapstronauts! I wanted to make this post for any of you who don't see any "results" from NoFap. For those that dismiss it after trying and relapsing after a short amount of time.

I am just over a year in now. I am just now starting to see real, strong, and permanent "results." Basically, for the last year it's been nothing but pain and torture. I've edged a lot. Little things like my bed became triggers. I was this close to going but I never gave in.

I can honestly say it's been worth it. Some benefits I am only now experiencing include become more extroverted, enjoying life, feeling confident, and many others. One crazy thing is that my mind works 100 times better for analytical thinking. I can see a situation and analyze it. It comes naturally. I feel like I unlocked that other 90% of my brain that people talk about.


Went from a boy with a PMO/gaming addiction doing nothing with my life to a man with desire, responsibilities, relationships and happiness.

Before I start, I wanna say that it would be basically impossible to describe to all of your the tremendous amount of change that has happened in this last year as a result of NoFap. It took me a little over a year to finally hit 90 days and there were times where I thought I would never make it, but it feels amazing to finally say that I did.

I started watching porn at around age 12. For the sake of simplicity, I'm just going to skip from then until about a year ago. I had just withdrawn from university and I was living at home stuck in a depression I never even knew I had. I was able to ignore my depression through PMO, it wasn't until I stopped that I realized how empty my life really was.

Lets go back to the semester I withdrew from my university. I was a socially inept video-game addict that was prescribed adderall for my "ADD". The problem was, the meds never motivated me to focus on school, instead the meds made me delve into other meaningless tasks, which included intense PMO. I used to take my meds and just PMO for hours on end. Binging and edging to all different kinds of messed up porn on /b/.

I'd PMO and then wonder why I had no desire to accomplish anything. I'd finish and then immediately after I would turn on my Xbox and game for hours on end.

Two of the biggest distractions in my life; PMO and Xbox. It wasn't until I finally sat down with one of my roommates and talked about my future did I realize I had no desire whatsoever to be a business major. I had no passion and no reason to be in school. I had no reason to be enrolled in a university other than the fact that it's what my parents wanted and it's what I thought I was supposed to do. After a couple more days of thinking and tanking an exam, I decided to leave school and come home and figure my life out.

After I came home I fell further into depression. Still PMOing and still playing Xbox for hours. I finally managed to get a job but I still wasn't doing anything with my life. It wasn't until I came across yourbrainonporn.com on /b/ that I finally stopped and took a good long look at myself and realized why I had no motivation and happiness in my life.

I realized how much I had been PMOing my whole life. How I had never had a girlfriend and how I never had any confidence with women. How I was a bitter angsty teenager that wondered why he always wound up in the friendzone. I was drowning myself in negativity and self-loathing.

After finding yourbrainonporn.com and /r/nofap I started changing. I finally stopped taking my meds, stopped gaming and stopped wasting hours away on my computer. I finally started to put myself out there and make connections with a few women. I had some heart breaks but it was the first time in a long time that I actually felt a feeling so intense. Before I stopped PMOing I would just jerk off until I became emotionally numb towards anything. Now I actually felt both sadness and happiness and it made me feel human again.

I started working out and found a love for fitness and nutrition. I'm actually proud of the work I have put into my body and it feels great to be happy without wearing a shirt haha. I spent the whole year researching how to be a better person not only for other people but for myself. I realized that I PMOed so much because I hated myself and who I was. Now I love who I am and I think self-love in the most important kind of love. A wise man once said, "If you don't love yourself then how can anyone else?".

I turned myself from a negative person into an insanely positive person. I stopped hating and starting finding things I was passionate about in life. When I stopped PMOing my focus became 10x better and life became a lot clearer. A lot of you guys talk about superpowers and how they're all just in your mind, but I disagree. When I abstain from PMO and MO I get an actual "buzz". I have this drive to go out and do things and talk to people that I never did when I was PMOing. I feel more awake and it's easier to get out of the bed in the morning. I've also had the best gains of my life in the past 90 days. I don't need my meds anymore because my focus is so much clearer without PMO in my life.

I finally learned what it means to be a man and what responsibilities I have to deal with as a man. As of now I am back in school studying something I love (nutrition and dietetics) and I found a girl that I love and who loves me and it is a feeling I have been missing out on for far too long.


My brain fog is going away - ZYXWVUTSRQPONMLKJIHGFEDCBA

Today I tried recalling the alphabet backward and I could do it. A few weeks back I was playing a game, and the card I picked required me to do so but I couldn't. I really feel like my brain is getting sharper. It's been years living with a kind of tiredness to think quickly and sharply, but now I feel the fog lifting.


Marks in University Before and After NoFap

Marks while regularly PMO-ing: 60s to 70s.

Marks about a week into NoFap: 80s-90s!

Coincidence? I think not. Better brain power, more motivation to study, brain fog gone.


Super Powers - Straight A's

Just got straight A's and A+ on my past semester. Usually its C's and B-'s. Might be luck, but hopefully a permanent transformation has happened in my brain! More data is needed, bring on the next semesters!

I don't feel the superpowers like I did during the 2nd week, but maybe I'm used to it. The superpowers are normalized as my equilibrium balance rather than as a foreign feeling.

Keep up the great work everyone! Its worth it, even after 90 days!


People notice my intelligence.

All my life, everyone assumed i was stupid to my attention deficit disorder. Now, since giving up porn people have noticed my intellect. Im not belittled by teachers anymore. Im getting good grades. But most of all, i can tell im actually getting smarter. For the first time ever, a book made me cry. I would have never stopped without NoFap so, thanks for everything!


The most prominent and noticeable super-power I've witnessed so far...

Sorry for all that blabber, now to the point... I've noticed my studies have gone amazing, I can now understand complicated physics and maths concepts and do complex problems, and my 3rd subject economics - I've found an incredible ability to memorize my notes and apply them to a high level on practice essay questions, getting high marks. My concentration is high, understanding is on a new level and I'm able to study 5 and sometimes 6 hours a day. I have a very new positive outlook on life due to my positive outlook on my academic life (I have exams next month and I feel very ready, so long as I keep working this hard). It's important to stress, before I decided to quit, I couldn't study for more than 2/3 hours a day, and even that was very poor quality study. I also couldn't understand complex concepts in my subjects.

I know this may not be incentive and motivation for everyone, but the point I'm trying to get across is super-powers exist with nofap! Seriously, keep going and watch your mind and body change. I personally think this is also down to my spiritual awakening to God as I take my religion very seriously.

This is great guys, but it's obviously been very difficult, just today I was literally seconds away from walking into the bathroom and MO'ing, and I even get porn urges every now and then due to my recent MO relapse, not to mention the random boners and sexual thoughts. The mood swings were terrible during my 2.5 month streak and there's more probably yet to come as I build this streak.

But it's worth it, so long as you keep your mind occupied with that which is good.


Improved short term memory?

Despite several relapses, I have reduced my consumption of pornography drastically this year (26 days with porn : 130 without). In the past couple days I've noticed improved short term memory, specifically, I've found I can recall phone numbers and financials quite easily. Anyone else notice specific improvements in memory?


Throughout professional school I struggled, even to be at the bottom of the class. My anxiety with projects, classes, managing patients, financial, social, family stress became so stressful that it took a toll on me mentally until more than half way into dental school, once I walked into the building I felt a heavy pressure that didn't allow me to think clearly and I experienced a "foggy mind" extreme anxiety, and depression. My professors thought I was just slow.

I became so desperate to find a solution that I went to a psychologist and even bought ADHD medication through classmates or online through foreign stores.

The medication was a temporary solution but my anxiety came back to take over.

I realized that I would masturbate so frequently just becomes I was so overwhelmed with work and it was my simple release to stress only to find my self in a deep hole of depression and anxiety, I couldn't even read my emails and my heart would start pounding just hinting of the simplest things.

It wasn't until I stumbled across NoFap that it was a breath of fresh air.

I am now at about day 60... I felt the surge around day 7, I found these "super powers" I was so happy, focused, motivated, clear minded. Even my professors, friends, girls think I am a different person. I "flatlined at about week 6" the usual depression, lack of motivation. This lasted about a week. But after that I feel great again. No Fap is soooo worth it. Mastburating just for the 5-10 second orgasm just to feel like shit again is NOT WORTH IT. I feel like my life is worth living and I love flirting with women, rough-housing with my boys, taking on new challenges, making good decisions, meeting deadlines early, going on dates just to enjoy talking to women and loving life.

ADHD medication doesn't even work any more because I don't need it. I feel like I am so focused without it.

Sometimes I think if life would have been a bit different if I discovered this at the beginning of dental school. I have no regrets, because if it wasn't for dental school pushing me to my limits I probably never would have discovered nofap. In dental school - ADHD medication doesn't even work any more because I don't need it.


Ponfarrfap

Aside from being able to fuck again, which isn't so subtle, it's the loss of brain fog. Everything seems more clear and I can do math with no trouble at all again.


One of my personality traits isn't actually real??!

Ever since my teens I've always thought of myself of being a forgetful person.. I just thought that's how I was and it was in my DNA... This week totally blow that away. My memory has never been sharper and my mental clearify is like a lazor. I'm absolutely in shock that I spent almost 15 years in a haze because of fapping. This community needs to spread! Many more lives could be saved.


Nofap makes you smarter

I totally feel like Bradley Cooper in Limitless.

I am on 90% average in university right now 3 weeks into the second semester. Big improvement from last sem.

I am tutoring a very attractive girl I met last week in a lecture. I am also the first source for help on all things academic with my friends.

Thanks to nofap I have a new clearer perspective and higher awareness.


My memory is getting better on day 6

Wow. Im left speechless. I never realized the importance of a regular working memory. I've always thought that its normal to be forgetful, having to read something over and over again and still not being able to recall it.

Haha, I can literally look at a cars license plate once and recall it 10 hours later. It used to be that I can't even remember my mothers cell phone number. Crazy stuff. Not only that, I can see why I've been patronize and taken advantage of so many times. People can be talking about one subject and I form a response not even remotely related to what the person had said. Its no wonder I get the "is this guy retarded?" look from people lol. Well at least that's what I think is going on.

Its also sooooo much easier to carry a conversation with someone also because of this.


Learning is so much easier

Sadly I relapsed but I have learned so much more in this one week of reboot then my previous reboots of one week. My memory, reasoning, reading comprehension, sexual sensitivity, self awareness, they were all so much sharper.

It made me realize how out of touch I was with life in general. It was like I was walking around as a zombie all 10 years. This has given a lot of motivation to reboot then the other times I rebooted because I didn't really understand the science behind everything other then your life gets better.

Anyways thanks for reading and let me know if any of you guys are experiencing the same thing!


Students, NoFap is VERY useful for you

Seriously, it's much easier to concentrate without all that brain fog. Personally I've always been a pretty good student but it required so much work that I almost went insane. Now just a few weeks after discovering NoFap, studying is much easier and more relaxed.

Give it a try!


On Brain Fog

The only other circumstance I can think of which replicates Brain Fog to any degree is dehydration. REAL dehydration. When your body is literally begging you for water and is shutting down certain mental functions in favor of sending water to your vital organs.

That's how brain fog feels.

Thinking about complex matters becomes almost impossible. If I try to plan ahead, assess a situation, solve a problem or analyse something my brain stutters, whines and gives up like an old engine on a cold morning. A few seconds is all I can muster before I give up, lie down and load up Netflix.

This leads me to the next problem brought on by Brain Fog; a noticeable drop in motivation.

Suddenly, the path of least resistance and instant gratification becomes the favored route to take. Not only does this allow bad habits such as laziness and gluttony to resurface, it also creates its own vicious circle by allowing one relapse to turn into another, and another, and another.... trapped and debilitated, I knock one out into a tissue and watch another episode of Family Guy or whatever.

Somewhere along the line I grow tired and close my eyes. The Brain Fog descends further and completely covers the real world and my real life. In my head I can be whoever I want to be, have the relationships I want with the girls I want. I can be ripped, physically fit and have no problems all by simply closing my eyes and indulging in day dream fantasy.

It's these fantasies which cause many fapstraunauts to relapse. We know this and yet we do it anyways. We open our eyes after spending half an hour dreaming about a life so distant from our own that the crash back into reality can be daunting. So we jack off to numb the pain and draw on more soothing brain fog.

Of course, no man can live completely in a fantasy world. We need food, water, money etc... So when Monday rolls around we'll muster up some form of motivation to face our lives. We go to work, university or school. But we're half-assing it and we god damn know it. By the time Wednesday rolls around all we can do is look forward to the weekend when we get to spend a couple of days doing nothing or engaging in a "no surprises" social life if we're lucky.

God damn brain fog. Fucking relapses.

The worst part of it all is that I never feel the brain fog descending, you know? It's like, I relapse and tell myself that "that was the last time". And I'm almost proud of myself for getting it out of my system and REALLY getting back on the No Fap track.

And then I trudge forward in life, and a few days roll by, and I'm tired, and I feel alone, and I am alone, so I jack off, and I feel better for a little bit. Dammit.

Back to Day 1. Back to the Brain Fog novacane.


My experience with nofap as a student.

I know I'm only 10 days in so this is not much of a milestone but I felt the need to write this before I forget what it was like.

I'm 24 and I've been fapping for at least 5 years and trying to quit on my own for 2 years without much success until I found you guys. You have been of great support and the reason I've been so active here lately is that every time I'm feeling the need to fap, I come back here and read a few posts until I'm reminded why I'm doing this.

I've always felt though that people that are talking about their superpowers are treating them like they are some abilities that were external to them before nofap, not realizing that those were apart of them all those years they've wasted their energy on PMO.

The superpower I've gotten back was being more adaptable to the challenges I face and I'm gonna give the whole context here. I'm an engineering student and up until the beginning of september, I was always tired and anxious about exams, about assignments, practically everything uni life threw at me.

Since I've started nofap, though, I simply have a different take on things. I'm more resourceful, I improvise more. I no longer panic when I don't know something. I've never been an optimist, I always get into a point in an exam when I think I'm going to fail this because I don't remember that course. The difference not fapping has made for me was that it changed my thinking to "Since I'm going to fail this, I might as well experiment a bit. I've got nothing to lose." Guess what? Since then, I'm no longer flunking things, because it seems that my experiments and deductions are good. I finally think like an engineer. Another thing is I have much more energy. In fact I feel more rested after pulling in an all-nighter for an exam than I felt when I was fully rested but fapping.

Getting here was especially hard for me because about two nights ago I had the most intense urges ever right before an exam the next morning. I've barely managed to study anything because I'd have these porn flashbacks every 15 minutes and had to go to nofap again. It actually felt so bad, that on my way to the exam, I said to myself that I'm gonna fap when I get home to get it over with because at least the urges will go away. That changed when, despite of feeling psychologically drained from fighting myself the entire night, I passed it, due again to adaptability and had the nicest celebration so far with this girl that used to like me, but I wasn't interested because I was insecure and thought that she was way out of my league and she can't possibly be serious about it.

Related to that, since resisting the big urges that night I feel a very strong need for touches and hugs. That's a big thing for someone with my level of social anxiety and it fit quite nicely with celebrating our success. I might've overdone it a bit but she didn't seem to mind.

Concluding, I feel confident that I'm gonna make it to 90 days, especially if I'm gonna get little social gifts like these from time to time. I'm finally returning to the brainiac I was before I started fapping.

No matter how bad it gets, guys, never give in! Because you'll be surprised at the focus you get from staying clean. These aren't superpowers, this is the real you that's emerging from the shadow you've become because of PMO. The urges will still be there, but they'll no longer be screaming at you. Each time you exercise your willpower, they get quieter and quieter. Retake control of your mind, make them shut up!


60 Day No Fap achieved, step two: defeat the firelord

No fap is inspiring. 60 days of no fap and I think "super powers" are just a moniker for inspiration. It's made me more ambitious it made me want to work out, want to improve myself physically, mentally, and improve upon myself as a person. It's also had some positive psychological effects, like good memory which might actually be a super power because my memory was bad, but I'm sure there is science behind that. If i had to describe how I feel it would be inspired. This is my longest streak, i tried a month last year around this time and i failed, but now I plan on doing it right.


Link to post

It did give ME ADHD, and it totally got better during (and after) my first successful 90-day run.

I've been a fallen elder ever since, but my inability to concentrate has never been AS severe as it once was.

Then again, I'm just some person over the internet speaking xD


NoFap might be making me smarter in school (data)

  • this is one of those things where you'll think I'm crazy until you experience it yourself
  • over the past 12 days nothing has changed other than me not fapping
  • concentration and memory have both increased (like how you guys say the brain fog is gone)
  • it might be a coincidence or placebo, but no fucks have been given
  • quiz grades from organic chemistry: http://imgur.com/RaACHAv
  • quiz 1 = fapped before quiz, quiz 2 = day 9 of NoFap
  • green = my score, blue = class average

TLDR - http://imgur.com/voULTf7


People are so obsessed with porn!

During one of today's classes, the teacher had some work to do, so we had 30 minutes to do whatever we wanted. I had some homework to do, so I started doing it.

Meanwhile, two guys in the front row (who were literally 2 meters away from the teacher) were watching porn on a phone. I was shocked, not because it is forbidden, not because of the triggers, but because they were helplessly addicted.

To my surprise, I didn't even feel anything in those few seconds of watching it (I was like meh).I would usually go crazy and my heart would start beating really fast.

The guy with the phone is a friend of mine, and although he has a girlfriend, he is really into porn. He is the perfect example of brain fog (he is a pretty good student overall, but he gets low grades on tests). I used to fail tests frequently, too, but it got much better after NoFap, not only because of my mind being sharper, but also because I have much more motivation to learn and be a better person. I work out, meditate, and have a cold shower every other day (even if I come home tired from school; it makes me feel full of energy after). I am really happy with my progress, overall.


An unexplainable but really awesome benefit of nofap!

My reading speed increases.Like if I am reading an article on net,I would just skim over the whole line,ignoring less important words,verbs or prepositions and still have a good comprehension of what the author is trying to say.

This starts happening after about 7 days of nofap.

Anyone else felt it?


Sign that dopamine receptors are improving, effects on studying

Its crazy, but before when I would PMO daily, doing Accounting problem sets for my Accounting classes would be a real chore, difficult if i was even able to starts them. As I've started building up little streaks here and there(my last one of my longest) it is starting to feel good to do my class assignments. I feel a pressure to do them, procrastinating has an intense feeling, pushing me to start. Before I felt no pressure to start. I start feeling relieved as i work on them,good to great when I finish an assignment. Whereas before I would feel nothing, no sense of accomplishment, just numbness if I accomplished an assignment. I don't know if this is related to NoFap but, this feeling is kind of crazy and it just hit me today.


NoFAP= GPA 4.0 & Half Marathon

Those in the titles are my new objectives, I can make them only if I win the Nofap challenge, how I know it? Because months ago I was on NoFap, while I was in the challenge my grades excellent, I managed to take an internship in the 5th University in the world (Medicine) and I got into Med School, plus I was in fit and I had always time to run and I manage to run a very fast 12K. In med school cause the stress and cause the excitement I have ended up to fap again, result? My GPA crashed to 3.5 and my body is so weak, I always feel tired and like a shit. Today after the 2nd time of fapping suddenly I said "What the f*** I'm doing!!!" "I have had this great opportunity to do the best and the most rewarded job in the world, a job that I have had always desired to do, I cried like a baby when I got into med school, If I think how much hard I had to work and now I'm gonna screw it up cause this stupid porn??? I'm supposed to make people feel better!! Porn harms people who work in that world and us consumers" so I grabbed my running shoes and my running fit and I went outside and run so fast! I could admire the nature, the life, the pain, the wind I felt alive! How can I waste my life in front of the computer looking to porn when there is all this outside! When life is around me and inside me! My new plans are to take GPA to 4.0 again and run the Half Marathon! If you feel depress or feel like you're relapsing, go outside run or walk and feel the life inside you and around you! We can do it guys!!! http://imgur.com/0ZUs98p On the link it's the picture I took after my training today, it's near my neighbour in the middle of nature :) (sorry for my bad writing, it's all written by impulse like a rush of thoughts from my brain)


My Memory.

I'm not even 17 yet, and I've had this problem now for about a year or so. I could hardly remember anything. I tried reading about ways to remember better, but I found that my memory was shittier than most people older than me. I realize now that, my problem wasn't remembering, it was actually being there, focused, in the moment, consciously doing rather than subconsciously taking notes, or watching movies or even having conversations. How can you remember something, when you weren't even really mentally there? I would walk around, going from class to class, only because it was in the back of my head where I needed to go.

I realize now, that I was essentially a fucking zombie. Since I started nofap, I feel like I'm beginning to be in the moment more. I consciously look at what i write down, or hear, do or say. I see people when I walk through the halls, friends, even strangers, I'll smile at them, wave, say hi. I consider my posture even more, my body language when I'm talking to people or even when im alone. I personally take mental health very seriously, I like my brain to be at its best at all times. I used to have a weird fear of getting alzheimer's or something by the age of 20 (not literally)

Now I think about how fucking amazingly my brain will work when I haven't PMOed for 4 years at the age of 20.


Your memory problem will be fixed- but be warned- You will first remember porn.

A lot of people complain about brain fog and lack of memory, which is one of the main reasons people start nofap. People used to remember being incredibly smart and insightful as a kid, and nofap is the only chance in hell of recovering to that level again.

If you stick with it, it WILL happen, and you WILL have a good memory again.

BUT I just realized today on day 6... That you will first start to remember porn. Your brain will start to pull out scenes you have watched literally years ago, for any chance of tricking you into looking it up again for old times sake, or a feeling of nostalgia.

FUCK that. While not a relapse, you must make it through this very tricky phase. Your memory is coming back! You will start to remember important details at work, more formulas in math class, more language patterns in foreign language class, people's names, faces, the smell of that girl you like....

BUT. You will remember that one good old scene from along time ago on that one website first.

Know that you will experience this, and take this as a sign of healing. Remember that scene, but don't search it up again. This is yet another withdrawal symptom and part of the brutal yet necessary healing process.


Even if you don't think so, brain fog does really improve each day on your streak!

So after hitting about a 2 week streak, I thought I still had brain fog and was still very concerned. Unfortunately, I relapsed in the middle of the day... However, unlike my usual night relapses, I still had work to do.

What I noticed? IMMEDIATELY after a relapse (only 30 min!) The brain fog will hit maximum strength! Holy shit, things felt foggy, it felt like I was moving in slow motion while everyone was moving at normal speed. (think of being .5x in a 1x world). Clumsiness, forgetfulness, ridiculous spelling errors ensued.

Point? No matter if it seems like the brain fog isn't lifting, it is. Take it from me - I observed the full power of brain fog in a work environment. It is NOT good.


Improvements in studying?

Ok, so let's be real. Have anyone else noticed MAJOR differences when it comes to focusing while studying? As well as persistence while doing so? Like I could read for max 15-20 min before taking a break before, now I'm able without problem to read minimum for an hour. It's my 11th day, and this is probably the biggest and best difference i've noticed so far.


One month, brainfog gone - yet flatline remains

Some of you already know me, some don't but I've been fighting PMO addiction for at least 2 years. Once made it 60 days (relapsed), then 118 days (relapsed), then 65 days (relapsed).

So I think its fair to say I have some experience in this battle, I consider myself a veteran in rebooting, a big brother to help others out.

Finally one month down. The differences are already so enormous, PMO addiction is as real as it gets. I feel "normal", as in my brain fog is gone. I'm grateful as school is starting up in a few days - as well as my court date. I might have to go to jail for a little while, oh well, at least I won't have brainfog.
Brainfog is one of the worst things associated with PMO addiction, just makes u generally depressed.
Yes I'm still in a flatline, and I probably will be until atleast day 50 - 70, unlike some fapstronaughts, I accept that flatline is part of the rebooting process and nothing to be feared.

I got one month behind me and I'm going strong!


Want GOOD grades? NoFap.

I'm going to be clear from the beggining of this post. I'm not bragging , just telling the truth.

So NoFap increases your mental clarity. It has been 24 days for me and brain fog has gone away the past week. I was able to study 13 hours on a subject. Wrote a big test today. SMASHED it. 100/100 (serious). NoFap is going to increase your motivation for studying and your concentration as well. So for the non-believers please give NoFap a try. We aren't lying on this forum. Best regards.


Nofap, has helped me study properly and concentrate in a long time.

Hi all, I'm on day 14 of no fap. I just wanted to say, after going no PMO, I can put so much more concentration on my uni work and absorb information much more easily it's unreal. My head is much clearer and most things i learn stay in my head. For someone that has constantly just about passed every exam this feeling is unreal. I've got my exams next week and the amount I've actually been able to study I could never do before. I'd always end up fapping and then lose motivation for the rest of the day and then tell myself I'll start tomorrow. I started revision today at 12 and just finished, it's 7:30 pm in the uk. All in all i feel great, my head feels cleaner and more fresh even though I've got the exams coming up I feel like i have my studying in order for the first time in my life. I should've done this earlier.


Brain Fog , Studying and Tests

So I have done No-Fap again (for 56 day streak). I had been relapsing and I remember having WAY too much brain fog , couldn't concentrate on studying. I'm on Day 18 now. The mental clarity is RIDICULOUS! I studied endless hours yesterday and I wrote a big test today and I ruled that shit. No-Fap just makes brain fog disappear. Another good reason for you to start No-Fap. It makes you so much more productive with all that extra energy. No excuses. Stay strong.


Brain fog going away

I am in the middle of day seven and have noticed brain fog leaving. After PMO I feel like my mind has been smashed into a million pieces. Now there's just one. My mind feels calm and focus is easy.


Memory, Concentration and Focus

Hopefully others can use this as motivation. Ignore badge I am at 30ish days and have noticed in the last couple weeks a huge increase in these three. Specifically in my ability to retain new information and grasp new linguistic concepts in the language I am learning. It’s totally worth it guys keep going with it!


NoFap increased my productivity and made me not lose hope.

I was doing my project in school that I considered extremely difficult and I was on the verge of literally crying and fapping because of all the stress. To my luck and abstention from porn, I am now 8/10 finished of my project thanks to NoFap. If I did fap it would have consumed more than half of my productivity time!


Thanks and goodbye

My life's turned a complete 180. No more anxiety, depression, and ADHD. No more pills and alcohol.

My minds and body had never felt so at ease, at least since I can remember. It's time to move on from this subreddit and my Reddit addiction in general. bye guys.


Did NoFap improved your academic performance?

eesti356

When I had school (On a break now) and I fapped I was tired, no desire to study, and my grades were good but not the best I could do. After like a week or 2 weeks my desire to study was higher. I wanted to learn, I had less brain fog, better memory, quicker reactions. I was able to understand more difficult subjects (For me it was math, I understood it better when I did not fap). So for me it definitely helped me.

Dirsty

Yes it has. It's given me a clearer mind and I feel motivated to do things. I didn't notice it when I was addicted, but everything was extremely dull and sluggish. I was an emotionless zombie. And I feel the same way after relapsing. 3 seconds of pleasure just isn't worth it. Once I cut porn and masturbation out of my life, I didn't skip class and ended with Bs and higher. This is coming from someone who failed a class and barely passed with Cs. Definitely give it a go.

ThrashinRippinMetal

ya bro pmo can get in the way of studying in fact it's the only I reason I'm on Nofap once you get used to the fact you are not going to release you put that extra energy else where


Nofap and brain fog, what are your symptoms?

I see lots of people mentioning their brain fog gone after few weeks or months of nofap... But whats your definition of brain fog?

hardmode_monk

I get dumber and have negative thoughts. Can't focus as well anymore. Can't listen to what other people say.

Other follow-ups are depression, loss of temper, taking small things personal, making wrong decisions, increased social anxiety, awkward body (don't know where to put my arms), can't look people into the eyes, general loss of calmness overall and while talking to people.

When the fog clears up, I feel liberated and calm.

Schimmen

I see that different people experience different versions of the "brain fog", but yours sounds really bad.... How are you doing man?

hardmode_monk

I'm doing good actually. I recently introduced some good habits (see other reply) and I'm able to keep doing them even after a relapse. I used to be a zombie for years but NoFap now is the way to go. Looks like it's really getting better over time.

Ruh25

Takes at least about 2-3 weeks of no relapses for me. I also start having dreams/morning wood regularly at this point.

Sporefreak67

Up voting so other peeps see this.

I've been fapping since 12.5 almost daily, sometimes multiple in a day, so I don't know what "Normal" is. Currently on day 10 or so and I haven't noticed differences really but I'm only on day 10 so it's early yet.

jonasmon

I become lazier and less motivated to finish or start my work projects. My brain starts to make excuses why it is okay to just chill (waste time doing nothing) and not be productive. Also I quite often start binge faping.... Brain fog is a fucked up state of mind

Zack_stylo

Hate brain fog.Hard to focus.Doing maths will be hard for me even though its simple calculation it will take me a while or i cant solve it.If there is any supplement i can take ,pls recommend me guys,sick and tired of brain fog. Sometimes it will give me a terrible headache .

archer3199

It's been quite a while since my last good streak. But as from others' experiences and distant memories of my own, I imagine when brain fog lifts, you just become more "in the moment", you can see the world, your life from a better perspective, have a better "big picture" as well as noticing the details you would miss before, you get things you couldn't understand before. Also increased memory and cognitive skills, better focus as well as better multitasking. Plus, some say their eyesight improved, so you may literally see things clearer.

Vashyo

I can remember things better and have lot of past memories popping up and I've been off PMO for about 1 month.

zr74

In my own experience - PMO absolutely causes brain fog. I am in two weeks streak and even though for the last few days I have been sick - yesterday I noticed how clear my head is. There is a quality that is hard to describe - your head is calmer, clearer, and just more together. You are more focussed all the time. I suppose most people would not notice it if not more self-aware. But to me difference is like night and day. It's like you are on some super brain pill except it's not momentary - it's real and sustained. This alone is enough reason. Other benefits I notice are more natural energy (i am not exercising or doing anything else differently), strong motivation to break through the resistance like procrastination to actually do what you love doing - in my case painting and you naturally become more assertive - in other words you don't give a fuck about lot of things that bothered you before. This is all natural - not something you work at - it's who we actually are - and I see it clearly. I can't imagine being deluded again that escaping PMO doesn't offer any benefits. It's night and day. No doubt in my mind.


Can porn addiction worsen add/ADHD symptoms?

Anyone have any knowledge or experience with this? Thanks in advance!

populoso

Since I stopped PMOing I've noticed my ADHD symptoms (namely, attention/motivation/discipline) improve, but this might just be confirmation bias and/or lifestyle changes that I've done alongside NoFap. That said, I don't think quitting porn will make your symptoms worse.

GenghisKhanSpermShot

Night and day for me, i stopped adderall and feel like im still on it but naturally, it really is amazing.

m1610

Definitely. I couldn't concentrate at all back in the days of porn addiction. Not fully recovered but I can concentrate so much better now. It's a typical symptom of porn addiction and low dopamine in general. Keep going and you'll get there.

joeshmo1990

It cured me completely and only getting better

bobofred

adhd people tend to hyperfocus on their impulses they enjoy. so yes if can worsen adhd symptoms. one of the longest journeys for adhder's is learning how to find some healthy impulses.


I DID AMAZING ON MY EXAM!

I GOT 80% IF THIS WAS THE OLD ME I'D PROBABLY TAKE 40 - 50 NOFAP IS EPIC!

Thank you everyone.


Completely DONE with Brain Fog

Although the title might sound like this is a positive post...it's more of an awakening post. I recently made it 32 days in nofap...the first time I've ever made it that long without edging or looking at a single naked woman. So for all those who can relate...thats hard to do but not impossible. I was feeling like a fucking champ by two weeks in. I was making deals for my video work, I was completely projects way before deadlines and I was just being more myself and I knew it.

Well I let my guard down last night thinking "You know what dude...you've worked hard and it's paying off. Why don't you take a peak at some of those old pictures...don't worry you know you'll be fine"...we all know how that really goes down. I fapped. It felt great! I'm not going to lie, it felt really good to fap and I thought maybe I'd beat the system and that maybe I could be do healthy pmo here and there. Well this morning I felt like absolute garbage. Couldn't wake up in time, haven't felt focused or motivated at all ALL day and and it's really driving me insane.

Whether its placebo or not...I'm never letting myself feel this again. 32 days was a long time, but not long enough to heal me of this horrible crutch. Never will I ever let that little voice in my head allow itself to get bigger than a little voice. Even if I could only choose one amazing benefit from doing nofap, I'd take that over the feeling of losing to this worthless short-term pleasure induced addiction. People out there, stay strong and fucking believe in yourself. It's a marathon, you all got this.


Day 60 report

Focus: I can genuinely say that my focus has also significantly improved. I have noticed during my meditation sessions that it is significantly easier to clear my mind of all of the random useless bullshit thoughts that enter my mind. Also I am an engineering student at a top 50 engineering school in the United States and we get a lot of work to do. My study skills have been great and I am more productive and focused than ever. I read books everyday and learn stuff that nobody teaches you. (tip: read books, a person spent their lifetime learning the knowledge they put into that thing, it can help you achieve things you want to achieve. If you are too busy then go to audible and get their free trial and listen to the book at 1.5x speed while you commute. Read books about anything you want, love, women, work, history, religion, money, social, addiction. Seriously, if you are interested in something there is a good book on it probably.)


Memories From Childhood Coming Back

I've been clean (no PMO at all) for about a week and half now and when I woke up this morning, I was having vivid memories of myself as a kid that I haven't thought of in years.

I was just wondering, does anyone else seem to gather old memories that they've felt were lost or couldn't remember as you go longer without any PMO?


After 7 months, I've finally passed my GED and a large thanks goes to NoFap and everyone in it.

Language score: 162

Social Studies score: 169

Math score: 167

Science score: 167

These were my scores on the GED and I am just so dang happy that I've finally been able to pass with such score despite never making it to 8th grade.

Because I never made it to 8th grade, I had to learn a lot of new things that I never knew before like algebra, geometry, geology, and other advanced topics. I put a lot of work into studying all of the topics and it was very difficult.

I feel a lot of this success came from NoFap because it really helped with my brain fog and made it easier for me to study for and concentrate on my tests. NoFap really helped me in passing the test and in my concentration and I am eternally grateful for it. I don't think I would've been able to pass without NoFap because it helped me so much in the past month alone.

Another big thanks goes to the NoFap community itself for offering advice and tips whenever I asked for it. At one point, I was just going to give up because it was too difficult, but /u/Eternal_Horizon helped me out by linking me to some pages from www.yourbrainrebalanced.com and they have helped me improve in big and dramatic ways. I love this community for what it is and it was the one reason why I created a reddit account.


10 Years Of Masturbation, Abstaining For 30 Days, What I Felt!

Believe me, it really improves your memory (I Don't struggle with remembering words or names anymore, you just think it and its there for you!). Much better focus and attention, as I've told earlier you live in the moment , you try to process every information that your eyes see, (That's what I meant by living in the moment) rather than staring at a thing like a zombie. You guys may think that I am Exaggerating it, but you feel like you walk up straight and with more confidence. This is what I felt so far, Don't have any girl yet (STILL SINGLE)........ ;)

It really improves your way to life guys, so let’s keep motivating each other and QUIT THIS SHIT FOR LIFE!


Nofap And Studying ! HOLYBRAIN !

This is absolutely amazing guys from the day i discovered nofap now im having less brain fog and fatigue today the teacher complimented me AND IM SO SURPRISED BECAUSE IM VERY BAD AT HIGH SCHOOL AND I FAILED A YEAR IN SCHOOL ! im going to start a new journey! Thanks for you all !


I have fucking photographic memory now! Read this

NoFap Day 55: So I was in school doing a lab for chem class and teacher is drawing some important stuff about the theory of lab on the whiteboard. Everyone runs to get their noteblocks but I feel something weird, it’s like I know I’m gonna remember that shit anyways, and when I get home later, I have photographed the whiteboard in my mind. I remember every fucking thing there :D

Stay strong brothers


What improvements have you seen giving up on porn? (Motivation needed)

dekrizs

The clarity of mind was the absolute best benefit. My brain wasn't playing a tug of war between being normal and sexualizing every woman I saw. I also had more mental and physical energy to devote to hobbies, relationships, schools, etc. I was amazed how much porn sapped from me after I quit.

mightaswellgetstoned

I think it's allowed me to focus more on making decisions in my life that I used to just avoid and turn to porn. I started having issues with death grip and that's motivated me to stop using porn. I'm able to stay on task with other things in my life. I literally have a to do list that has shit on it from 3 years ago that I'm finally addressing.

schodawg

For me the simplest, and biggest, improvement was that I sleep more. I don't spend time at night surfing for that perfect video so I can bust a must before I go to sleep. To me it's absolutely revolutionary how much time at night I get back simply by not watching porn.


Fall 2015: Placed on Academic Probation. Spring 2017. Dean's List. Highest GPA in my life.

I can't remember when I started masturbating (I think 6th grade, so 12-13ish). But it was when I was in middle school and gradually got worse and worse all the way to Christmas time of this year (20 year old Junior in college). By some grace of God I found Nofap and it changed my way of thinking. I've been on this quest since Christmas. I've failed twice and I got back up and kept going.

I was never an applied student ever before last semester. I got by. I did the bare minimum. But I slipped still and eventually landed on Academic Probation at my school after the Fall semester of 2015. This meant that if I didn't get my grades up within the next semester I would be kicked out of school. This was at the peak of my addiction I feel. I was watching every day for hours. Was out of shape. Didn’t care about myself, or my studies, and became severely depressed to the point of wondering if I even wanted to be around anymore. But since NoFap came into my life I applied what I learned from you all into my own life. This semester I achieved a 3.45 GPA and not only am I off Academic Probation, but a year and a half later I am on the Dean’s list. I love learning and love my life. I have a beautiful girlfriend who supports me and has shown me what actual love is like, not just a screen with fake unrealistic girls. I’ve now truly realized that porn is something I can live without, something that I NEED to live without.

Life is so much more beautiful and fulfilling. Work hard brothers.


The brain fog is no joke.

This is just a vent to come back to when I need it. I've suffered from a clouded mind for a long time. Then I got a streak of over 50 days going and combined it with going to the gym, eating healthy and an overall positive mindset and sure enough, my clear head was the major benefit that I've noticed. I haven't felt this much in control for a long time. For some reason, I've allowed myself to relapse once after 55 days or so. And to be honest, it wasn't even that bad. Disagree with me at this point, but this is my experience. That one relapse alone didn't hurt me. I guess the second one 10 days after the first didn't either. What did hurt me was this made me develop a mindset that porn isn't actually that bad that allowed me to relapse more and more with less days in-between until I was right back where I started. And guess what? My mind is so foggy today that I can hardly concentrate on anything. I slept like hell the last few days. I'm sad all day for no reason. Things will get better again eventually, I've seen it myself and I know it's true. I just need to push through and not allow myself to relapse again.


ADHD and nofap.

Hi. I started nofap to cure my ADHD. I was skeptical at first but then I did some research on Wikipedia. I used to take Strattera and Wellbutrin. Sttratera increases norepinephrine and Wellbutrin increases norepinephrine and dopamine in your brain. (ADHD happens when you have low norepinephrine and dopamine in your prefrontal cortex.)

Then I researched what happens in your brain when you experience an orgasm. Orgasm is basically a dopamine and norepinephrine feast in your brain and nerves. (After an orgasm, increased norepinephrine is detected in your bloodstream.)

I connected the dots and decided to try nofap. After years of PMO, my norepinephrine and dopamine receptors must have been dulled, causing ADHD symptoms. I consulted my psychiatrist and she was skeptical. I decided to give it a try anyway. I quit ADHD meds and started nofap.

The first few days had been absolute hell. My ADHD was on steroids. I couldn't even finish watching a 3-minute YouTube video. I was restless. I couldn't stay in one place for more than a minute. My nose was stuffy and I wasn't living. I was barely existing.

Then after a week the symptoms started to subside.

Long story short, I'm 46 days in and my ADHD is gone. I can finish tasks and this is unheard of in my life. I wish I discovered nofap when I started high school because my GPA is very bad but I am so hyped to build my own life with my newfound focus. In the meantime, I learned to code and made a simple app and it's giving me a few bucks every day in ad revenue. It's really nothing but it's still the first ever achievement in my life and I'm proud of it.

I don't care about getting girls or being alpha or anything. Being free from ADHD alone is worth it. NoFap works. I no longer waste hours browsing useless websites on the Internet. I simply don't want to. I don't even browse Reddit all that much. I have so much time every day.

I was going to write this post when I hit 90 days mark but decided to do it today.

Good luck on your journey, fapstronauts.


 

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I mastrubated on 20th and it think its the dopamine rush cuse of which My Derealization and depersonalization was gone I felt soo alive but that feeling reduced with time !! and the next day I was sneezing and suffering from cold and DR and DP is back but I have noticed one thing and its scaring me .. Its my memory n brain fog !! Its gotten worst I don't seem to remember anything much is it because of cold or was mastrubating was a Big mistake? plz help tell me whats happening I feel like I screwed up big time !! some times I feel soo depressed with -ve thoughts I can't fight it feel so helpless !