I am so eternally grateful to Gary and those who supported him. May his work live on forever and continue to fight this insidious disease in our society that took hold of my life for 30 years, nearly sending me to my own incarceration and eventual death. Gary’s work has been instrumental in my recovery.
I just want to offer one more condolence to Gary's family. I send a prayer for your healing and embracing of life. I send my prayer as a stranger who is grateful for Gary's dedication to writing "your Brain on Porn" and the awareness, healing and hope that it has brought to many of my clients who struggle with porn. His work also assisted me to be a better therapist and more fully understand this problem from a richer perspective.
Gary, I first found your TED talk in february 2021, it wasn't the first time I realised my habits are unhealthy, but it was the first time I saw I am not alone in this and that many have succeeded at this battle. Your talk and book gave me motivation to change my life and now, after almost 4 months, I feel better than ever in the last few years. I am still fighting this fight, but without you I would probably never even think it is even possible - Thank you.
Gary was one of my thought leaders and visionaries, who was very important for my daily work as a neurologist, psychotherapist an autor. I was able to share my thoughts with him and I am very pleased to get to know him per video conference once. His videos, and the website "yourbrainonporn" I frequently recomment to my patients. My last direct contact with him was in autumn 2020. I will miss his comments, posts and the personal exchange. It is very sad news. Gary will live on in many hearts and I will continue to share his knowledge. My sincere condolences to the family and closer friends!
Estou realmente devastado com essa notícia. Esse homem mudou a vida de milhões e merece todo o respeito e admiração!
Certamente ele cumpriu uma maravilhosa missão aqui na Terra.
Que Deus o tenha com muito carinho, pois seremos ETERNAMENTE gratos pelo seu trabalho.
Eu me tornei quem eu sou hoje graças as suas pesquisas
Se não tivesse inspirado a minha coragem, minha alma já estaria morta
Seu legado permanecerá conosco!
Gary was an inspiration to me. His quest for knowledge in this muddy field was truly impressive. He put forth so much time and effort only for the betterment of other people’s lives. I would be in a very different place today if it wasn’t for Gary. Thank you for all that you did, and my deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace.
Gary not only had the insight to associate the neurochemical theory of addiction with the consumption of pornography, but also the courage to promote these discoveries amidst various criticisms, persecutions and a decadent academic community, blind and attached to old and useless paradigms.
Pursued by the porn industry and alleged colleagues who call themselves "scientists", he has spent the last few years basically defending himself from offenses, lawsuits and slander.
Despite not having received all the credit he deserves in life, he did the main thing, that is, the practical and useful part of showing the truth on a subject hitherto surrounded by prejudices, pseudo theories and quackery. And with that attitude, it has impacted millions of lives, including mine.
Here is the record of my eternal gratitude and good wishes to this man and his family.
Thank you Gary Wilson, for the bottom of my heart. You are an inspiration, a mentor, a hero. You saved my life, and millions of other ones. God bless you.
I just want to say that his work has been an eye-opener and a guide for me in my life and has extremely contributed to my well-being. A BIG THANK You, rest in piece, and condolences to his family.
These are the words that come to mind when I think of Gary.
I have been immeasurably impacted by his example and leadership, and I am deeply grateful for his work and life.
Although Gary is irreplaceable, he has inspired countless men and women to carry on in a movement that has never been more important. Thank you, Gary.
My heart goes out to Gary’s family and closest friends; I pray each of you will be comforted and strengthened during this period of transition and loss.
With fond admiration and deepest sympathy,
Gary, I remember deep peels of belly laughter in your classes- no small task considering that you were an iconoclast dedicated to uprooting the new age arrogance I was immersed in at the time. It is a very rare teacher indeed to be able to get a person to laugh at their own ignorance! You are a model for my teaching and when my students laugh I can imagine that the sound echoes out to your memory as a tribute to you and your inspiration. Hi Marnia, my condolences to you, I hold you dear in my heart.
I am from India. Thank you for bringing the PMO problem into the limelight. You truly have helped people in recognizing this problem as an addiction. It is sad that even highly skilled doctors and reputed medical organizations turn a blind eye to it by calling it "Healthy" and "Normal". I inherently knew that PMO was something bad that I was doing, but because of people like you, I have understood that it's destructive. I am 21 and I have engaged in PMO for about 5 years and P for around 9 years. Although I have been pretty successful in academics till now, the addiction is getting a hold over me and I am unable to study peacefully. I was one of the grittiest and persistent fellows in my class and among my peers. PMO has drained me completely of my grit. I was known for my grit! My mental and physical health are taking a hit and I think this time for sure I will get rid of PMO once and for all. My exams are due in a few months and with perseverance I will be able to ace it. Wish me luck!
Let your team continue to do the tremendous work of changing people's lives.
May your soul rest in peace. Thank you once again!
Escribiré estas palabras en español, ya que mi nivel de escritura del idioma inglés es bajo. Agradezco a Gary Wilson por haberse enfocado en el estudio de la pornografía, y más aún por darse a la tarea de escribir un libro sumamente bueno, el cual leí y comprendí a pesar de la baja comprensión lectora del idioma inglés, y que deseo con mucha fuerza que sea traducido al español. Sé que con su honestidad intelectual y saber científico ayudó a muchas personas a salir del problema de la pornografía, y que a otros como yo ayudó con un corpus científico para continuar investigando sobre la porno. En mi caso, curso una maestría en psicología y estoy estudiando sobre la porno; hecho que parece incómodo para algunos profesores, quienes, si no la promueven, al menos la ven como inofensiva.
Descanse en paz, profesor.
I would like to thank Gary Wilson for opening my eyes to the problem that is the consumption of pornography.
You have my sincere sympathy.
Today i got really sad opening the reddit page and finding out that Gary Wilson is no more. I am from India and I live in a rural area where I don't know any other person who I can talk about this topic (porn). I cannot thank you enough Gary for the countless efforts and time you have put in to help people like me. I am still struggling to quit porn but reading your work I learned more about addiction and I have been trying to get rid of other addictions in my life.
Rest in pease Gary. You have done great work and will be remembered forever.
Love to you and your family <3.
Gary's book "Your Brain on Porn" was an enormous benefit to me when I needed it. I owe much of my development to his work and effort and I thank him deeply. Thanks Gary, and rest well!
Thanks Gary por everything.. His Ted Talk changed my life forever and inspired me to spread this message of how porn affects our lives. His work will continue to help millions of others. Rest in peace.
I hope his website will remain online. He has contributed so significantly, in such an incisive way, to the discussions about the harms of porn. His commitment to doing good was so evident, and I'm grateful I had the chance to ever hear him speak in person once. God bless you, his family and close friends, in this significant loss.
Hi, i am from Nigeria.i felt terribly bad by the death of our master gary bruce wilson,public health advocate,and an educator.i have never met gary but significantly influenced by his work,his amazing book and website has and is still helping millions of people,i hope that oneday scientific consensus will support Gary's idea that porn can be addictive and can affect sexual perfomance.
My condolence goes to marnia,arion sprague,gabe deem,noah church,alexander rhodes,laila mickelwait,the rest of Gary's family and friends,and thousands of recovering porn users in all parts of the world.
I hope hiis website will continue to survive and be managed by his family,may his life continue to be a blessing.
##gary wilson is my master,hero,and a role model##