Porn Addiction: Definition, Sign, Reason, Complication & Treatment

Porn Addiction: Definition, Sign, Reason, Complication & Treatment

What is Porn Addiction

Theoretically, when someone cannot stop watching porn even they don’t want it and causes problems in his/her personal, professional, and family life it is called “Porn Addiction”. This debilitating condition affects thousands of people around the world, many of whom don’t realize that it is a mental health disorder. Some statistics will blow your mind.

  1. In 2019, 42 Billion People visited PornHub. Almost, 1331 visits per second.
  2. 35% of all internet downloads are Porn.
  3. A study conducted in 2006 found that about 84% of people between 18yrs and 49yrs had watched pornographic films
  4. People Addicted to porn spend at least 11-12 hrs/week watching porn.

A study in 2008 found that 93% of boys and 62% of girls had been exposed to pornography in their early adolescent years.

Signs to Porn Addiction

This is a debatable topic in psychiatric and medical science whether this is a “REAL” addiction like gambling or not. There is no defined rule about how much porn is bad. Whether it is an addiction or compulsion, there are lots of people and youth who are suffering. But many experts believe that if wit hampering your day to day life, it is Harmful. For an example: –

  1. Stopped doing other things which earlier used to make you happy.
  2. Started ignoring others.
  3. Avoiding social activities.
  4. Lost attraction to your partner.
  5. Can’t stop watching it.
  6. You’re angry.
  7. Lost interest in Sex.
  8. Desire to watch more and more.
  9. develop some unrealistic ideas about sex
  10. You’re Distracted

Porn Addiction Reasons

Researchers are not able to identify the real reason behind Porn addictions. A 2015 study suggests that the reason is anxiety which people experience during watching pornography. This is a complex problem. Experts who validate its existence described a number of possible causes like:-

  1. Mental Health Condition.
  2. Problems in Relationship.
  3. Biological Problems
  4. Easy to access.
  5. Side effects of epilepsy and dementia, and treatment for Parkinson’s with dopamine, etc.

Complications Related to Porn Addiction

If Porn addiction is not taken care in proper time, this can cause multiple sever problems like:

  1. Concentration Problem.
  2. Problems in relations.
  3. Troubles with Substance abuse.
  4. Low Self Esteem.
  5. Guilt and Shame.

Porn Addiction Treatments

Porn Addiction although is not a “DISEASE”, but if you feel it is hampering your regular life, then it can be handled with psychotherapy. You can try:-

  1. Community Therapy.
  2. Psychotherapy
  3. Counselling

Some medication also improves brain chemical links. Like

  1. Mood stabilizer
  2. Anti-depressant
  3. Anti-androgens

Although experts hold different views on Porn Addiction, it is absolutely necessary to take care when it causes problems.

AASECT offers a list of certified sex therapists and counselors who endorse sex-positive treatment and research-based support which can help a person to improve their relationship and regain control over their life.

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