So much to learn.
I've seen many a guy diagnosed with ADHD experienc eremission of ADHD symptoms once they completed their reboot.
ADHD doesn't cause ED. Although porn-induced ED and ADHD seem to involve a low dopamine and dopamine receptrors, there is more to the story for both.
Hi Gary. thanks for everything you are doing.
I guess the ADHD and Porn addiction question boils down to a "what was first? the chicken or the egg" argument.
1) Does porn addiction cause low dopamine and lead to ADHD symptoms?
2) Or do ADHD patients use porn to "self medicate" chronic naturally low dopamine?
Immediately clear to me are the close correlation between porn addiction symptoms and ADHD symptoms. On your YBOP website you list; inability to concentrate, brain fog, chronic fatigue, lack of motivation as symptoms of chronic porn use. This reads like the list of ADHD symptoms described in DSM IV. Other ADHD co-morbids you list include: depression, anxiety, irritability, and social anxiety.
As the OP in this thread states, the connection is dopamine regulation. For porn addiction, it is the dopamine verses prolactin cycle described well on reuniting.info that causes the crash in dopamine after orgasm, probably leading to the ADHD-like symptoms. In ADHD patients, studies have observed lower natural levels of dopamine than the control groups. The low dopamine found in ADHD people often leads to high risk behavior (driving fast, love to fight or argue ect...), addiction (substance and also including porn) and a poor executive functions such as long term planning and ability to finish projects.
I would be willing to bet that many ADHD people are using porn to "self medicate" , which in turn is leading to an intensification of the symptoms over time due to the dopamine- prolactin cycle after orgasm. A re-boot will not cure this type of ADHD, but will very likely make the symptoms much more tolerable.
In contrast, it is entirely possible that "porn induce ADHD" is indeed a stand alone disorder which closely mimics true ADHD. This type of ADHD can probably be cured by re-boot.
Under a doctors care, I started using very low doses of ADHD medication brand name Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) recently. I take 5mg twice a day. Since I started using this medication, I have not had any urge whatsoever to PMO. In fact, with my increased dopamine and related executive functions, the idea of PMO now seems absurd to me and I have not even been tempted to do it.
I do not know if I have porn induce ADHD or the regular ADHD. However, I am finding the the Dexedrine is really helping to make my re-boot easy. the extra dopamine is doing the trick. This is in contrast to some forums where I have read that ADHD patients are using adderall during epic porn binges.
Keep us posted about any research you hear about ADHD and porn addiction. Take care!