Does Porn withdrawal have any symptoms?

I decided to stop watching porn around 5 or so days ago. I have been watching it for like 10 or so years pretty much every day. I just wanted to know if it has withdrawal symptoms when you stop cold turkey. The reason for the question is 57 days ago I gave up drinking cold turkey and sometimes I feel bad like brain fog, fast heart rate, low in energy and no motivation what so ever. If you have experienced any symptoms what so ever can you please list them below. I don’t plan on going back to watching it, my sex life was bad always thinking about someone else instead of my gf. Not anymore that stopped 5 days ago.

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Hello friend. Good decision to attempt stop watching it.

I want to share with you some of my common withdrawals when I quit porn, pain in my chest, head or some other body parts, increased heart rate, anxiety, irritability… mostly anxiety comes along with increased heart rates and I call this craving for porn. I have never been able to pass through more than 18 days but the first week or days is/are the most difficult ones to go through for me.

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When I went through withdrawal I experienced tremors, anxiety, depression, unable to sleep, no energy, lack of mental focus and a few other symptoms. For me it lasted a good week to 10 days before I started getting better. That was nearly 5 years ago now and with the help of my groups, an unbelievably strong wife and a loving higher power I’m still sober after over 30 years of active addiction. It does get better!

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I love this forum I honestly get the right answers from people that have gone threw it thank you Cgty04 and Pirate, so do the symptoms usually last around 10 days or so?

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They did for me but that doesn’t mean it does for everyone. Just like other addictions there are many factors that go into withdrawal length and severity.

Yes it does. It varies from person to person (as with other addictions). But basic elements like restlessness, irritability are common. Search it in the magnifying glass at top right & you’ll find several people who’ve been through it & shared their stories - there are lots of good threads.

Yeah restlessness atleast. Circumvent the energy into something more positive. Do something noce for someone you care about without expecting something in return. Exersize. Things that have helped me. Day 106 no pmo.

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Congrats on day 106 I know it was struggle. Thank you Matt and DuncanNZ for sharing your experiences

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I’m 227 days sober from Pornography addition. I still have cravings, though much less frequent. I still have some of those withdrawal symptoms as well. Depression, irritability, lack of motivation, heaviness in the chest and stomach, etc.

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Congrats on 227 days man that is a long time. Thank you for your response

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Insomnoa, moodiness, increased appetite, and I still have cravings. I need help.
Day 125 for me.

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Like now? Do you need help currently, or are you referring to a global sense of constant help?

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No, As I read from others’ guys opinions, it will be there quite for a long time but probably with milder effects. By the way, I forgot to add, sleeping pattern is really important, because when you quit porn your need for porn increases in the night time.

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No need to worry. It’ll take a lot more than some passing cravinga and a global pandemic to take me down. Thanks.

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Withdrawal symptoms from sex addiction, listed in order according to how often they were mentioned by respondents (this photo is page 306 from “Facing the Shadow”, by Patrick Carnes):

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Great Matt I downloaded it to my computer thank you very much. Strange I never thought in my right mind that porn would be addicting or that it would have withdrawal symptoms. Learning alot here

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I kknow is hard RX24 but you got this, for me i am in it for the long run, the more days that go by more inspiration to keep going plus the sex life with my girlfriend has improved so thats a bounus, dont give in RX24 thats what the devil wants you to do give in to the temptation.

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