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  1. Hey guys so basically most of my hppd symptoms are gone the only thing i'm left fighting is visual snow(which isn't much of a fight).However i noticed that the only thing which reduced it by at least 50 percent is no fap.If i do please myself the rest of the day it's like i'm in a weird headspace and there is visual snow everywhere. However if i abstain things go back to normal and it becomes much harder to see. Also the brain fog becomes lifted. I will report back on this after a while maybe because the activity raises serotonin and dopamine that reduces the already scarce receptors and static occurs. At any rate i think at least a month of reset time would be good to see if there are permanent changes to visual snow. Also a few guys said that it helped with his hppd symptoms.I do realize this is a controversial topic, as i have also been fighting a porn addiction myself.However it's important to recogniza that this simple life change (for a while at least) could help people. https://amp.reddit.com/r/HPPD/comments/5jfjj6/nofap_and_question/
  2. In the case of this i think neuroplasticity is to blame,brain cells always fight for food and those hppd cells are firing again and again to avoid their death.If you treat the anxiety by relaxing do you get some relief for your symptoms? I owe my cured state to not caring about my hppd anymore. I only have visual snow maybe that will become less over time as well.
  3. It took around a week or two.It has been a month now i only have some visual snow which I'm used to. Check out the other part of the story as well: Its very important how you look at your hppd the more you accept it the better it gets. Good luck
  4. Hey guys i was posting on this forum several weeks ago going crazy with anxiety fear and going on all kinds of meds. Basically i was stressed out and it was preventing my recovery. I now firmly believe HPPD=PTSD. You know people in high stress situations their brain burns an image of what they have seen in their neurons and it keeps repeating the anxiety and sometimes visually in their wakeful life or preventing them from sleeping. After the trip that gave me my condition i was going crazy with anxiety and the more anxiety the worse visuals i got. My dreams were vivid taking me out of body and having high pitched sounds and other things.. Meds didn't help so what did? Perspective.Today everything changed for me. Trip was telling me you are all alone god etc and it drove me mad. I couldnt process what i had seen and didn't know how to handle it.This video changed everything for me: I connected the dots from my experience and accepted this as the truth for me(ofc none of this stuff can be proven) Anyway now i only have visual snow and no fear and feel alive.Im also quitting meds i can live like this for the rest of my life if i have to.I always have some visual snow.Acceptance of what is seen and integration will help healing i think.Otherwise the anxiety persists and you don't get better.Whatever you saw was a part of your mind universal or hallucination im not here to argue but accept it and realize everything will be fine.Good luck
  5. Yes of course its Haya Labs Taurine made in Washington DC USA. It's also relatively Cheap imported and it's 9 euros per bottle. Sometimes if i can't fall asleep i still take Valerian though so idk which one is helping more Think i will try these days just doing Valerian to see if that is the more helpful agent. Taurine seems to act like Gaba while Valerian directly activated Gaba receptors.
  6. I have been taking 1500mg Taurine steadily for 3 or 4 days now i was also taking 150 mg Valerian for sleep before bed and combined with the Magnesium supplement my symptoms seem to be gone (cured) all that is left is the thoughts.I was also trying to get the daily Choline recommended intake but i have doubt that had anything to do with it. Seems that trazodon was only making my recovery slower and hindering it. Update:after separating the meds i think the valerian is the more helpful one. i might also combine it with Melissa Officianis as the article mentions combining them is more effective in normalizing levels. Currently if i stop the med i get symptoms but they are reduced from what they were originally(unbearable)
  7. After trying trazodon and getting over the anxiety hppd gave me, i read from sources on this forum and research papers on ssris and risperidone also causing hppd like symptoms.Since the receptors became down regulated by stimulation maybe not engaging them in any way including antidepressants and antipsychotics is the only way to upregulate them and resolve symptoms.Also seems like these chemicals are dangerous as they further downregulate receptors.The only chemical i found that upregulates 5ht2a is THC in marijuana and we all know that makes people hallucinate maybe because of excessive upregulation which later leads to down regulation. At any rate hppd is mostly about the anxiety the feeling of loneliness and fear of dying experienced during trips. So i think treating that anxiety and letting the mind regulate itself is the best medicine. The down regulation mechanism itself happens because the brain wants to have less available 5ht2a receptors for chemicals such as mdma and lsd to bind to in order to avoid hallucination. This also explains why relapse of hppd after being cured is stronger and harder to fix.The chemicals bind to the new receptors which are less than before and further down regulate them.From this information i hypothesize that if hallucination persists because of visual disinhibition the brain in time will correct itself given the right nutrition and less stress.Just some thoughts i had i think this also explains all the cases that just hung in there hallucinating and got cured naturally. I also saw myself in this situation as my symptoms are 30 to 40 percent better now and bearable i fixed my nutrition and made my life less stressful.So good luck to everyone keep the beast in check
  8. After using it for two weeks i quit it cold turkey. i think it did upregulate or downregulate them,however currently it does more harm than good as when i stopped my symptoms improved I also stopped because of this recent finding: Downregulation of post-synaptic 5-HT2A receptor is an adaptive process provoked by chronic administration of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and classical antipsychotics. I am looking into cbd now and other solutions. I think it helped but my hppd was more mild compared to full blown hallucination cases.
  9. Update:i was wrong symptoms come back with a painful migraine upon trying to stop trazodon. Maybe i do have some kind of serotonin deficiency.. I could see auras before psychedelics. Back to the original plan of raising serotonin.
  10. Update: i took 3000 mg Taurine and now i feel almost cured. I will taper off Trazodone in the next couple of days and stop it. Gaba and overexcited neurons seem to be the most prevalent hypothesis and now i see why. I have visual improvement and dont feel light sensitivity which was a big thing for me.
  11. Sorry to hear that well i don't plan to use it more than 6 weeks it does take some time for it to kick,the changes coming out of it should be more or less permanent as it does change the transporter gene expression and makes it so that there are less transporters active overall reducing serotonin uptake. After i feel i'm more or less better i will taper down and get off it.
  12. Experts aren't sure exactly how trazodone works but suggest it improves the symptoms of depression by inhibiting the uptake of serotonin by nerves in the brain. This increases levels of serotonin in the nerve synapse (the space between two nerves). This increases the serotonin available to be used in the system. I think that my having a serotonin deficiency(it stays in the cell). The body goes into a survival mode and starts hallucinating. It would make sense that after substance abuse targeting the receptor the reuptake is higher and the available serotonin is less overall as it just stays stored in the cell.I think this was the case with me as this 5ht2a agonists can both be inhibiting as well as increasing synaptic activity. I want to use the medication until my body reaches a sort of homeostasis.Then i will discontinue it. Most people report the changes stay afterwards which gives me hope. This is because trazodon alters the serotonin transporter and in time this change stays. World feels solid again im glad to be back to normal(as much as possible).Forgot to mention also helped with the brain fog.Cheers and may we win this battle.
  13. Hey guys i had problems with visual snow DP/DR and a flickering like someone is turning the whole world off.Auras and light sensitivity. I felt the neurons misfiring in my visual cortex as this was happening.Tried 300 mg Lions mane and Taurine 1500.No effect felt like i was just masking the problem.Went to the doc after i saw this post Then i choose to be prescribed Trazodon(tritiko) .It targets 5HT2a receptors as well as androgenic ones. Helps relocate the serotonin to the inter neural space instead of having an influx of neurons misfiring.Anyway its been 3 days since then and everyday is better. World is more tangible feel alive and the flicker has almost faded.Auras are reduced and i feel hope. I take 150mg at night time near 6pm. Anyway thanks to this forum and i hope this helps you guys. Being on this feels like a reverse trip in a way,but if you are out of options i highly recommend this.
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