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Q. I stopped watching porn 15 days back. Why am I having panic attacks and intrusive thoughts?

Answered by
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on May 05, 2020
Hi,
Kindly help me out
I am a psychiatric patient diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder who is on

1. Fluoxamine 150 mg
2. Risperidone 1 mg
3. Clonazepam 0.5 mg

I use to watch porn most of the times in a day for about 18 years . I left it recently about 15 days ago and not feeling well more than ever , having panic attacks, crying alot , guilt, PTSD, OCD intrusive thoughts driving me crazy.

As porn use to increase dopamine , and risperidone is an antigonist of dopamine ....is this causing a problem.
Kindly let me know what I can do about it and what alternatives can I do to feel normal again
# thank you for taking help from psychiatrist. if you are suffering from anxiety disorder than why do you take tablet risperidone? tablet riaperidone is antipsychotic and mainly use for psychotic symptoms.if you have not any psychotic symptoms than you can stop it. you have watched porn for a years than it may give withdrawal symptoms. you need to change your schedule and start living healthy life
.Do exercises daily for 30 45 minutes like walking.
Do meditation for 20 minutes daily.
Eat healthy home cooked foods, avoid junk foods.
Spend quality time with friends and family daily.
Spend time for creative hobbies like read good books, write journals, painting, drawings, learn new skills or language or musical instruments. 
Take enough 7 8 hours sleep daily.
Avoid tobacco or alcohol or any substance abuse. 

hope you get your answer.
thank you.

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