NoFap And Panic Attacks
Can NoFap help with panic attacks?
Well this is what we are going to talk about in today's article.
Let's get straight to the answer….
NoFap can help with panic attacks for some guys. Too much online porn can cause a disrupted dopamine system, which in turn can cause different kinds of anxiety problems. However, if porn wasn't the cause of their anxiety no amount of NoFap will help their panic attacks. In other words, it works for some and not for others.
How Long Does it Take For NoFap To Help With Anxiety Attacks?
First we have to point out that, if porn wasn't the cause of the anxiety attacks in the first place, no amount of NoFap will get rid of your anxiety attacks, however, if porn is the cause then you can expect to start seeing some small improvements after about one free from porn.
Now, this is highly individual and some people need more time than others, but it is pretty safe to say that a lot of people have started to notice improvements when reaching 30 days into their reboot and then continue to see improvements for quite a long time after that. Most guys feel significantly better after 100 days. (See the article No PMO 100 Days)
Here is a poll I made on my YouTube channel where I asked my subscriber how long it took them to start seeing a reduction in anxiety.
The poll included 1000+ guys who all experienced anxiety reduction from doing NoFap.
As you can see, it differs greatly, but some of them experience a reduction in anxiety from the very first week. Honestly, though, I suspect the placebo effect being more or less involved when guys are seeing results in the very first week, as biology does not really work that fast here…
…but then again, who am I to question their experiences?
Here are a few comments from guys who participated in the poll…
From my personal experience it depends on your level of addiction, your previous success with nofap, and your natural anxiety level (anxiety level if you had never developed a PMO addiction). I was heavily addicted and when I first started having success with nofap I didnt see any drop in my social anxiety until around the 1 month mark. After a few relapses and streaks I began getting the social anxiety to drop quicker and quicker. Now I'm only 5 days out from a relapse and I can feel my social anxiety quickly going away and my confidence rising. -Alex Lopez
“Around 60 days” – AlluZu
“I've had a definite spike in anxiety right after a relapse. I can feel the anxiety lessening day-by-day when I adhere to NF. I'm on day 3 now and this time I'm trying my best to go “ultra monk mode”. I find that implementing my own version of “Operation Blackout” to be very helpful. My phone is the gateway to this distraction. Your videos are so helpful! Thanks!” – JaccyCat50
How Can Fapping To Adult Sites Cause Anxiety Attacks?
If you want a detailed explanation of why fapping to adult sites can cause panic attacks, then take a look a look at a video I made a while back, where I explain what biological responses happens when overusing porn and that are responsible for creating panic attacks.
Note, the title of the video is NoFap and social anxiety, but the biological mechanism behind fapping to porn are the same when it comes to panic attacks.
If you found the video informative, you can click here to check out my YouTube channel.
Summary of the video…
We have an important neurotransmitter called “dopamine”.
One of dopamine's most important mission is a primordial function to make us take actions that will ensure survival. Not only our own survival, but also to carry our DNA to the next generation.
This means that, whenever there is an opportunity for sex, your dopamine levels starts to raise.
Your brain thinks porn is real sex…
However, your reptilian brain doesn't know the difference between a real mating opportunity and the most trending videos on PornHub.
In real life, dopamine is supposed to raise to make us “get the job done”, but after you have been going at it in the bedroom for a while, the dopamine levels starts dropping back down.
This is all well and natural, but what happens online is that when that same dopamine drop starts to happen, we immediately click to a new video in order to get the “feel good effect” of the dopamine raising once again. By doing this, the unending novelty on the internet can, unlike real sex, keep the dopamine levels elevated far longer than our reward system ever came equipped with being able to handle.
What's happening on a biological level is that we are overriding our brains satiation mechanism.
Enter the big problem: a disrupted dopamine system!
Whenever we are overriding our brains natural satiation mechanism the brain start protecting itself from all the high dopamine, by reducing the amount of dopamine receptors.
Dopamine receptors are small “slots” that dopamine itself binds to and with less of those receptors available, dopamine is not able to do its job as effectively…
…and we are now left with a disrupted dopamine system in our brain.
Here's the deal…
A disrupted dopamine system, in turn, has been shown to give us some, or several, of the following symptoms…
- Low motivation and drive
- Concentration problems
- Anxiety / panic attacks
There are more symptoms than those, but those are the most common ones.
Now, the great thing about NoFap is that, by cutting out the adult sites, the brains reward system will recover and as a result the symptoms disappear and…
…tadaa, no more anxiety!
This is, of course, if the anxiety was caused by a disrupted dopamine system in the first place. Keep in mind that there are hundreds of things that may cause anxiety.
Story Of A Guy Who Got Rid Of His Anxiety By Doing NoFap
On my YouTube channel I often share success stories from guys who have managed to go for a long time without relapses and who have experienced some serious benefits.
In the video below you can listen to how NoFap helped the guy get rid of his anxiety…
If you found the video interesting, you can click here to check out
my YouTube channel for more success stories.
What You Can Do To Get Rid Of The Anxiety Faster
If you are impatient and NoFap is not working fast enough, or if you happen to belong to the unlucky group of guys that do not experience any anxiety relief from doing NoFap, then I can highly recommend you give the anti anxiety supplement ProVanax a try.
It is a a natural product that has been a real lifesaver for me during years of struggling with my own anxiety issues.
You see, for me I had anxiety problems long before there even was such a thing as the internet, yes, I'm really that old. So for me anxiety is a genetic predisposition and even if I live a NoFap lifestyle, it does not eliminate my anxiety.
NoFap does help a bit, but since I'm predisposed I still suffer quite a lot. But ProVanax is actually surprisingly effective.
I would estimate that it reduces my anxiety levels by 60-80%, which is very impressive for being a natural product, as far as I'm concerned.
If interested, then you can click here to check pricing and read other real user reviews over at the online vendor.
NoFap And Anxiety Attacks
Conclusion And Final Words
So there you have it.
By doing NoFap, some guys experience a slight reduction in their anxiety levels while others completely crush their anxiety.
Then there are also guys who do not notice any difference at all.
In witch of these groups do you belong?
Well, there's only one way to find out…
…why not try giving up porn and find out for yourself?
Thanks for reading.
P.S. Need my help? You can find my contact info over at my coaching page.
F.A.Q's About NoFap And Anxiety
Q: Can NoFap help anxiety attacks even if porn wasn't the cause?
A: In this case, don't expect too much. That said, even for guys where porn wasn't the cause, some of them can actually still experience a slight reduction in anxiety. You see, one very common “NoFap benefit” is increased confidence, and confidence is a pretty good antidote to anxiety in and of itself. However, there are certainty limitations in this case, so again, don't expect too much.
Q: How long does it take for NoFap to get rid of anxiety attacks, assuming it will help me in the first place?
A: Most people start seeing significant improvements between 30-90 days. However, some guys need a lot more time.
Q: I tried NoFap, but my anxiety attacks actually got a lot worse. What gives?
A: Probably withdrawal symptoms. Either that or you get too much pent up “energy” in the body. You need to channel the energy into other things or it can cause anger, irritability or even anxiety for some people. I talk more about this in the article, Can semen retention cause anger?