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MarkGilligan

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  1. Day 91! Didn't think I'd ever be able to get here and I'm surprised by how easy it was in all honesty. I'm not saying I didn't have cravings, but they were easy to resist. So five things.... I've met a few new people that have really helped. I in turn have helped them with other issues.I've been on a few dates now, early days on anything else happening with them but It's been rather nice getting out and meeting new people regardless.I'm reading again! I've finished 4 books over the 90 days, all have been amazing. I recommend them all: I am Death, Girl on the Train, Finders Keepers and Pretty Girls.Between quitting gaming and medicated ADHD my attention span has gotten so much better at college and work. I'm more relaxed and calm, I listen in turn and speak when I'm supposed to. I've have numerous people compliment my new composure My personal hygiene was questionable at best before this. I am now a reformed man, with a full nightly routine. My skin is looking so much better, I also have removed all the stains from my teeth >> << (Gross i know)Couldn't have done it without reading all of your success stories on here and the Reddit page. Thanks to you all I'm a more calm focused man. Also the look of surprise on my parents faces when I finished my dinner and didn't run off upstairs to game and instead chatted with them for hours was priceless :') I'll definitely stay on both websites and keep updating my progress. Stay Strong (y)
  2. Congrats man We're all in this together. One day at a time. I know what you mean about some days the old you would not have thought much of. But it's amazing how your personality changes. Recently my internet has been on and off for no reason. If I was still gaming I would have been furious, but now I don't really mind. Shit happens! Keep up the good work, reading all these posts helps keep me going and I couldn't have done it without you guys!
  3. Hey Guys, My name is Mark I'm 23 years old (Almost 24 which is terrifying) from England. Here's a quick background: I've been playing games as long as I can remember. I think the issue started when I was 8 where i would wait for my father to go to bed so I could sneak downstairs and turn the Sega Saturn on till the early hours. I'd then be glued to my Gameboy all day. Then the PS1 etc etc. Then PC gaming, which was the worst. World of Warcraft for 14 hours a day. I wouldn't get a job. I wouldn't eat. Sleep was a chore. Any down time would be spent reading guides. I managed to quit after realising how toxic it really is. But I haven't faired much better. I could easily play for 14 hours straight from that point. I did manage a social life thanks to school. But any free time would be dedicated to my video games. This created issues with my relationships with girls. I'd commonly just play whilst they were around. Which thinking back couldn't have been much fun for them. Skipping forward to now: I've been following Cam for a while now and just want to say thank you for the help. I've tried many times to quit but always relapsed. I've been recently diagnosed with ADHD and have started medicating for it. I believe this is a factor that's made my gaming addiction worse. That need for quick measurable growth to get my (somewhat damaged) dopamine supply. I do believe ADHD is part the reason I have trouble quitting. It's common to try something and give up fairly fast as you cannot see any progress. I am now getting to point of self-loathing. I work a standard Mon-Fri and find myself turning up to work depressed as I have done nothing but game all weekend. My mates all play games, they get out too. But only on the weekend for drinks. So I'm mostly stuck inside after work. I'm currently on day 2 of quitting and it's going well, I haven't been able to purchase the challenge yet due to a career change, but will ASAP. So here's the question: Is there anything you can suggest to someone with ADHD that may assist in that need for a quick fix? Thank you Cam for creating this website & forum I'm sure this will change many people's lives for the better, hopefully mine included. Mark
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