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Porn Addiction

Ever experienced a craving for watching porn to a point that you feel angry if someone asks you to stop, losing track of hours spent on watching porn, prioritizing porn in spite of the loss of relationships or sometimes work.  These are a few symptoms or signs of Porn Addiction.

Porn Addiction

Most of us started watching porn while we were in our early teens as our peers talked about it and curiosity took the best in us.  Porn was a visual lesson for us; some of us understood our quirks in bed and even a few of us discovered our sexual orientation. Porn has always been a secret friend helping us out. Some of us now watch porn with our partners or occasionally use it to help us masturbate. But then when does it turn into an addiction?

American Psychiatric Association has not specified any diagnose for ‘Porn Addiction’, but it can be termed under being a Behavioural Issue. People have split views to call it a compulsion or an addiction. Porn addiction shares its similarities to addiction to drugs. As the addiction gets old the need to watch porn increases as quantity is unfulfilling. They required more porn as well as more explicit porn to satisfy their hunger to watch.

Porn addiction is also referred to as a compulsion as compulsions are repetitive behaviors. These repetitive behaviors have no rational motivation but help to reduce anxiety.

In both circumstances, the person is unable to control the urge to watchmaking treatment very important for its patients.

Few Alarming Habits That Can Be a Matter of Concern

Even if we cannot pin point symptoms but we can definitely see a pattern of habits in various cases over the years. Comparing with these conditions we can decide if there is a need for us or our loved ones to see a specialist.

  • You cannot resist watching porn, it becomes a staple in your lifestyle and you need to watch it wherever and whenever.
  • Amount of time spent on watching porn increases over a period of time. This grows into hours spent without track of time.
  • Similar to addiction of drugs, cigarettes or sugar, you would tend to crave for watching porn, which then slowly turns into a priority over people in your life and even work.
  • Unsuccessful attempts have been made by you to restrict yourself from watching porn. In spite of the loss of time, money, relationships, job or even important opportunities.
  • If asked to stop or pause porn, it might give you a temper fit. The idea of not watching porn might make you hostile or irritated.
  • Excess storage of porn and hiding it from your partner or your family. The guilt and shame in a few patients might result in secrecy between partners.
  • Satisfaction from porn decreases that makes you watch more in terms of quantity as quality. You tend to watch more explicit porn teaming with the increase in watching time.
  • The unshakable feeling of stress and anxiety if porn is not accessible to you. At that time, your craving rises to a point where you can do anything to watch porn.

Is Treatment Necessary?

Porn addictions can consume your life to a point where it is not just destructive for your relationships but also self-harming. If left untreated, it can lead to lower self-esteem and confidence. The decline in sexual satisfaction paired with loneliness can be a dangerous combination. During this stage, one tends to focus less on work be it their business or job which adds another layer of depressant in the mix – financial problems.

The person is unable to stop himself/herself and treatment becomes necessary as there are no ‘home remedies’ to cure the same.

How Can One Actually Be Treated for Behavioural Issue

There is a combination of medication with appropriate therapy and introduction to support groups that can help a person to fall out of their porn addiction.

Therapy

If you suffer from signs of anxiety and depression with porn addiction, therapy can really help. A therapist can understand the root cause of the addiction and can suggest the best suitable treatment. The therapist can also encourage you to go into couple’s therapy or a family consultation depending on your diagnose.

Support Groups

This can be a group therapy recommended by the doctor or a self-initiative to interact with people who have gone through or are going through similar issues that you face. It is easier to express ourselves as we don’t feel alone and ashamed to talk about it. Success stories from these groups also act as a motivating factor.

Medication

There is no medication as per for porn addiction but as it is usually accompanied by obsessive disorders or depression, the doctor might prescribe medicines along with therapy to simultaneously work on curing them.

Watching porn is not really an alarming issue; it is a source of entertainment for many as well. It helps learn and cater to human curiosity. But it is important to keep a check to see if it isn’t affecting your relationships. Valuing something like watching porn more than your loved ones, social life and career are where it falls into the category of irreplaceable priority. This can affect your life in a negative way, Losing friendship, loved ones; social status might make you feel very lonely. Hence it is important to keep a healthy check with answering the following questions for yourself or your loved one you think is addicted to watching porn:

  • Are you able to stop or quit watching porn whenever you want to?
  • Is the time spent on watching porn increasing steadily? Is unsatisfactory and each time you need to watch more?
  • Are you prioritizing watching porn over other social activities?
  • Do you feel irritated or disturbed when someone asks you to stop watching porn?

These questions might help you understand if it is an alarming situation that immediately deserves a professional’s help. There is no harm or shame to consult a psychiatrist for help. Mental Health is less talked about subject and given the regular stress we face every single day it is important to keep oneself in check. Watching porn in excess can also just be an escape from the world or not being attracted to your partner sexually anymore. A therapist or a psychiatrist might guide you better understanding the root cause of the addiction.

 

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