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By David AppiahPublished 4 months ago 3 min read
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Masturbation is a habit that can become problematic and addictive. It usually starts as a way to release tension or escape from a challenging family life, especially during teenage years when pornography is discovered. When coupled with pornography, the brain releases an intense dopamine dump that becomes addictive, and the habit becomes a means of escaping pain rather than a source of pleasure. This addiction can cause a person to need the dopamine dump from Let me explain to you what happens when people masturbate and how it can become a problem. It usually starts as a habit or a way to release tension but can quickly turn into a problematic use, abuse, and even addiction. I know the word addiction is not something people like to use, but if you can't stop doing it, that's a problem.

Typically, people develop a strong masturbation habit early on in life as a way to escape neglect or turbulence in their family. As a teenager, if someone finds pornography and couples it with masturbation, their brain gets an incredible release of dopamine that it cannot get out in the world. This coupling becomes intense, and it feels like you are getting the love and nurturing that your 13-year-old brain needed so desperately back then. However, what your 13-year-old self didn't realize is that it was going to become a habit that you needed across your entire lifetime to soothe yourself. First, it is a habit of pleasure and to escape the family or the life that is challenging for you as a teenager. But then, the switch is flipped in the brain, and now you have to go out to your habit and masturbate frequently on a schedule, not for pleasure but to escape the pain of your actual life.

Masturbation dumps 40-50 milligrams of dopamine into your brain, and in your real life experiences, you only get a 10 milligram dump into your brain, as it's supposed to be. Your brain is only supposed to get that much of the neurotransmitter so that you can feel joy, which is lower levels of pleasure but healthy levels that make it so that you can enjoy fun activities like jet skiing with your friends. However, when you are addicted to masturbation, your 10 milligrams in your life is no longer adequate, so you need to go back to your habit and give a little dump into your brain. This is destructive over time because you can no longer exist in the world without going back to your masturbation habit.

The withdrawal effects of not having so much dopamine dumped into your brain can be tough, but you can break the pattern with neuron feedback. However, in the meantime, you can work out, do things that are extra exciting, or do something that provides thrills and excitement to offset the withdrawal from your habit. Breaking the habit in the long run is simple but not easy. What you're looking for in the masturbation habit is to offset masturbation to feel any sense of pleasure, making it difficult to enjoy anything else in life. Breaking this addiction is not easy and requires a pattern interrupt. Neurofeedback can help, but in the short term, working out or doing something exciting can provide a dopamine release and help offset the withdrawal symptoms. In the long term, breaking the habit requires finding pleasure in life without relying on masturbation.

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