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Is masturbating good or bad for your mood?

Asked by Anon2222222222 (10 points ) February 20th, 2010

So a bit about me. I am quite neurotic and my mood ranges from completely depressed to feeling ok/normal. I usually masturbate 2–4 times a day (mostly once when I wake and sleep in order to wake/fall asleep) as well at other times to relieve stress. I am wondering whether this amount is dangerous for my mood (hormones and stuff like that) and want to know if you have any anecdotal or other evidence for me to look into.

At the moment I plan to give up, but will probably find it really hard (no pun intended).

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Violet's avatar

How old are you? Is masturbation interfering with your life? Do you feel you are addicted to masturbation?

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

This frequency of masturbation is not uncommon in teenagers and young adults. If this is your only activity or if it interferes with your functioning in day to day life, then the situation may require more attention.

Anon2222222's avatar

I am 19 years old. I don’t feel I am addicted to it, I just feel I do it a lot. However how do you define an addiction to masturbating?

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

As long as you don’t do it in public I don’t think it’s a problem. If it is causing you problems such as being late to school, then it’s time to take a closer look at the situation.

slick44's avatar

good for you.

Cruiser's avatar

I can’t think of one time it didn’t brighten my mood! ;)

wundayatta's avatar

Don’t give it up. It does all those things you mention—relaxes you to go to sleep, relieves stress; makes it possible for you to face your next task with less anxiety. Why would you take that away from yourself if you’re neurotic.

fedupwitmybro12's avatar

Wow. I used to do the same when i was a kid and into my 20s. I have been involved with someone so that help me stop. Do you have someone?

Anon2222222's avatar

@wundayatta I just thought that because I am neurotic that it might be facilitating my mood swings due to hormone changes.

Anon2222222's avatar

@fedupwitmybro12 No, I am miserable and alone. Hence the need to constantly masturbate ;D

fedupwitmybro12's avatar

Well do what makes you feel good.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

People who frequently orgasm are happier and healthier. No, I’m not joking. So, like other people have sad, unless it starts to actually interfere with your day to day life… Lube up all you want. ;) It’s very healthy.

wundayatta's avatar

@Anon2222222 Well, you’re neurotic, so you find neuroses everywhere, right? Just try to be amused by the way your mind works. You don’t have to take it so seriously. It gets ideas from God knows where. Masturbation is good for you. It especially helps people like you.

faye's avatar

I don’t think hormones fluctuate too much from masturbation. If it was that easy there would be no pms. What gave you the idea that you are doing it too much? Life will slow you down- have fun while you can!!

Violet's avatar

@Anon2222222 I would say masturbation addiction is when you can not stop yourself from masturbating. Do you have to do it every day? Are you able to go a day or two without masturbating?

davidbetterman's avatar

YOU’LL GO BLIND

Anon2222222's avatar

@DrasticDreamer Well it has done fuck all for my life as I suffer from depression. I seem to seek doing it in order to derive comfort in the same way that bulimics would binge on starchy foods.

@Violet Well I’ve managed 24hours so far so I doubt I am that addicted. Although I have felt the urge to, but I was expecting that.

Disc2021's avatar

Masturbating that much is completely normal/healthy – you have absolutely nothing to worry about. If you feel as if you’re addicted, try cutting back for a little while.

Masturbation seems to be excellent for my mood =D.

TheJoker's avatar

Biologically, it’s good for you. It releases chemicals in your brain that encourage happiness, feelings of peace & calmness, boosts your dopamine levels thereby giving you a temporary high, as with drugs.
That being said you can overdo it, both physically & psychologically. They don’t say everything in moderation for nothing!

goldfishchaser's avatar

only if you masturbate when your supposed to be going to work or school, and if you do it in public XP

KChaXzor007's avatar

Masturbation can release endorphins, which result in a feeling of happiness as well as sense of calming and relief. But, if you it is the only means by which you are using to reduce stress, you aren’t going to learn the proper ways to cope. It shouldn’t be your only outlet for stress relief, but overall, i’d say how often you masturbate isnt all that abnormal, and i wouldnt worry to much, odds are its a phase and given some time will dwindle.

xStarlightx's avatar

Naw, you’ll be fine.

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