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Although pornography has been with us since the dawn of history, in recent decades there has been an astonishing boom in pornographic images — fuelled first by home video, and more recently by the internet — and porn usage has become, to a certain extent, normalised in many societies. However, in certain cases, the compulsive usage of pornography can cause great harm to an individual and their loved ones, and porn addiction is now becoming recognised as an increasingly ificant problem across the Western world and beyond. Pornography addiction is the compulsive manifestation of sexual behaviour and impulses in combination with, and partly as a result of, the consumption of pornographic material, despite the negative consequences of such consumption.

The pornography in question may take any of a wide variety of forms though since the advent of the internet and the growing ubiquity of connected devices, the great majority of cases now concern pornographic video content accessed online with themes and content ranging from softcore to extremely hard-core and potentially illegal. Although pornography can be enjoyed in company, typically those suffering from an addiction to pornography engage in its consumption alone — usually, though not invariably, in conjunction with repeated bouts of masturbation — and this can lead to a ificant degree of isolation and resultant mental and emotional challenges.

Whilst physical impairment is much less common — certainly, in comparison with other addictions such as substance abuse disorders — physical consequences are not unknown, especially in very serious cases involving prolonged isolation and impaired dietary and sleeping habits, what damage may also result from excessive masturbation. The leading psychiatric and therapeutic organisations and publications in the United States, for example — including the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM 5 have not yet taken the step of giving porn addiction its own classification, with some authorities saying that there is as yet insufficient evidence to justify doing so.

On the other hand, the of individuals — including some very high-profile celebrities — seeking help for what they consider to be addictions to pornography is growing year on year, as are the amount of research into the condition and the of organisations now treating pornography addiction as a distinct disorder. The sheer variety of forms of pornography — in terms of the media in which it is presented and the content depicted — means that pornography addiction itself can also take many forms. As noted, the boom in internet pornography and the huge of connected devices — including mobile phones, tablets and laptops, meaning that pornography can be accessed in all but the most inaccessible places — mean that by far the most common manifestation of pornography addiction involves the consumption of online video content; however, pornographic magazines and books, still images, audio content, live performances and other media can all feature in — and lead to the development of — addiction.

While in some parts of the world even softcore pornography in any medium is illegal, in much of the West in particular even comparatively hard-core imagery is not criminalised, and thus porn addicts are able to view footage and images involving sexual activity and behaviour which many may consider comparatively extreme, and perhaps violent.

Some research shows that repeated exposure to increasingly extreme activity can drive changes in sexual preferences and the development of a vicious circle where ever more extreme imagery is sought out — potentially leading to the consumption of illegal pornography. Even in the West, pornographic imagery featuring children, animals and nonconsensual activity is typically highly illegal, with serious criminal consequences for those found guilty of viewing and — especially — producing it. However, such pornography can also feature in individual cases of addiction — though the treatment for someone displaying an addiction to child pornography, in particular, would differ ificantly from more mainstream cases as paedophilia would be considered a distinct disorder, with its own pathology and very different ramifications.

In many cases, however, the process takes place relatively quickly. It is important to recognise that pornography addiction is by no means a condition which only affects single people — indeed, it has been a factor in a large of divorces — and many couples watch pornography together. The development of addiction, however, tends to take place on an individual basis though cases of codependency are far from unknown and it may be that the burgeoning addict begins to desire to consume more pornography, more frequently, than their partner.

Whether single or part of a couple, once an individual has established the consumption of pornography as part of their daily routine, addiction may begin to take hold at any time: they may start to feel cravings for pornography at all times of the day, and to consume it increasingly frequently outside any established routine including at work or in other inappropriate settings. This is especially a problem in the case of addicts consuming extreme or violent pornography, who may now feel the urge to engage in similar activity; while such people may be able to find partners willing to engage in this activity consensually, there have been many cases in which extreme pornography has been cited as a factor in acts of extreme violence, rape and other sexual assault, and even murder, while less dramatically it can also create deep divisions between ly contented partners who now find themselves sexually incompatible and to the establishment of problematic expectations on the part of affected individuals regarding human sexual nature and norms.

As with any type of addiction, there is no absolute consensus on what causes pornography addiction, with both genetic and environmental factors playing a part. By no means, everybody who views pornography — even very frequently — will develop an addiction, and even people with very similar genetic and environmental backgrounds are not guaranteed to develop the same way.

While the neurochemical basis for addiction is increasingly well understood there is as yet no way of recognising who will, and who will not develop an addiction to pornography. However, it is — understandably — relatively universally accepted that the more pornography someone consumes, and the more regularly they consume it, the more likely they are that it will begin to have detrimental effects upon their life and life circumstances.

Moreover, some research suggests that more extreme the pornography being viewed, the more likely it is to lead to both ever greater rates of consumption and to the challenges associated with desensitisation and dehumanisation mentioned above. Again, each case of porn addiction is unique, and there is no unanimity regarding its precise causes. As noted above, a broad range of factors can contribute to its development. It is a simple truth that some people have higher libidos than others, and the more highly sexualised someone is biologically, the more frequently they will think about sexual matters and become aroused; this can manifest itself in many different behaviours, but one is certainly an increased predilection for masturbation which can drive the consumption of pornography.

In some instances this can become pathological — a condition recognised long before the modern pornography boom, with its own therapeutic history — but even in less extreme cases, it can certainly drive an increase consumption of pornography. Some people may find themselves unable to achieve climax without the consumption of pornography, or specific types thereof, and thus become psychologically dependent upon pornography to achieve that kind of relief. Many people who are or feel unable to reveal their true sexual preferences might seek out gay, transsexual or other forms of pornography to achieve a release they are unable to actualise in everyday life.

Other people may use pornography as a way of dealing with trauma — for instance, accessing pornography containing scenes resembling real-life incidents which have affected them. While many cases may share commonalities, the fact is that every person is unique, and that includes their psychosexual composition.

Some people, for any of the huge range of reasons, feel unable to participate in normal sexual encounters or to find partners; pornography can provide a route to regular sexual relief without requiring the involvement of another party. Many people abusing pornography to their detriment also suffer from co-occurring mental or emotional disorders such as anxiety , depression or agoraphobia. For others — especially in certain non-Western societies, and women in particular — social norms and mores mean that sexualisation is profoundly frowned upon and there may be simply no other outlet insight for their normal, healthy sexual desires.

For any of these people, initially unproblematic pornography consumption can become compulsive and lead to addiction. The more the behaviour is repeated, the more easily dopamine production is stimulated, creating pleasurable sensations when the behaviour is engaged in and, on the other hand, unpleasant ones if the affected individual goes too long without repeating the behaviour in question as a result of a dopamine deficiency.

However, it is entirely possible that a person may become addicted to pornography without engaging in either sex or masturbation. Although the very prospect may be an extremely uncomfortable one for many adults, children and teenagers are by no means immune to the challenge of pornography addiction. The relative ubiquity of pornography and mobile devices, in particular, mean that the opportunities for children to experience pornography — and therefore to develop addiction — have never been greater, and although governments the world over have attempted to counter this threat with legislation, at present, it appears to be a losing battle.

Some of the most frequently observed s of pornography addiction greatly resemble those of other forms of addiction, including substance abuse disorders; others are specific to pornography abuse. It is important to recognise that, again, every case of addiction is unique, and by no means all symptoms of the condition will manifest in any given individual; moreover, it is equally important to remember that displaying any of these symptoms is not necessarily conclusive proof of addiction, nor of pornography addiction specifically: some of the following s may have various different causes which may or may not imply that the individual in question is suffering from a disorder.

One of the most obvious s of addiction of any form is increased seclusion and isolation on the part of the affected individual, including a withdrawal from ly enjoyed activities and from social circles. This can be especially pronounced and problematic in the case of pornography addiction since it is typically a solitary activity; even those suffering from severe substance abuse disorders often develop new peer groups — albeit potentially destructive ones — but pornography addiction can lead to extreme isolation, and consequently to the emergence of related disorders.

Many pornography addicts suffer from a lack of sleep and consequently from lethargy and exhaustion, which may manifest in decreased cognitive abilities and motor control and invisible s of tiredness. Others suffering from a high degree of compulsion may frequently absent themselves for short periods from social gatherings or work, sneaking off to a secluded place to satisfy the compulsion. As well as any financial consequences of such developments, someone addicted to a form or forms of pornography requiring payment may begin to display deteriorated financial circumstances, potentially being late with payments, needing to borrow money regularly etc.

Regular exposure to, and a preference for, the more extreme end of the pornographic spectrum can lead to changes in sexual preferences and desires which may lead to relationship troubles, problems engaging with potential romantic partners and, if the addiction begins to spill over into sex addiction , a range of compulsions which may be obvious to external observers. As discussed above, pornography addiction can lead to changes in sexual tastes, desires and practices — which in the case of a single person may not be evident to anyone else, but which can cause huge problems for addicts in relationships.

The addict may begin to engage in different forms of sexual experience and expression, which may include risky sexual behaviour and could potentially lead on to full-blown sex addiction. As mentioned above, the proliferation of free porn sites means that pornography addiction may not result in any direct financial cost. Anyone engaging in the consumption of illegal pornography, in particular that involving children, risks both serious criminal penalties and a catastrophic impact upon their reputation and life prospects.

As noted above, pornography addiction has been linked with many other disorders, both contributing to and resulting from it. There is no hard and fast rule that says that someone with a given disorder will develop porn addiction, nor that someone addicted to pornography will develop a co-occurring disorder; however, in such cases treatment necessarily becomes more complex.

Many drug users — in particular, those abusing stimulants such as cocaine and crystal meth — experience hugely increased libidos which can in turn result in the ificantly increased frequency of masturbation, potentially in conjunction with the consumption of pornography. A growing of drug addicts are also presenting symptoms of both sex addiction and pornography addiction, and drug use and pornography-driven masturbation often go hand-in-hand. Porn addiction can result in the development of depressive disorders, anxiety, insomnia , sex addiction and a range of other conditions either resulting directly from the compulsive consumption of pornography, or from secondary conditions.

Although the ongoing debate about the diagnostic status of pornography addiction means that the medical community is divided to a degree about the most effective way to treat those suffering from it, generally speaking — as with other forms of addiction — psychotherapy in particular, cognitive behavioural therapy CBT though many other therapy models are also deployed is almost universally seen as the foundation for any treatment programme.

A of dedicated organisations are now active in this field, while certain rehab facilities across the UK also provide intensive residential or outpatient treatment for pornography addicts. As with any form of addiction, the only way to guarantee not developing a pornography addiction is never to engage in the consumption of pornography in the first place.

However, pornography usage is not necessarily by itself harmful, and indeed can form part of healthy sex life. If you wish to retain that usage is an aspect of your life without it developing into a problem, there are various preventative steps you may take. Limit your use of pornography as much as is practical and avoid its becoming in any way routine — so very the times at which you access it and if possible the settings in which you do so.

If masturbating, ensure that at least some of the time you are not consuming pornography; similarly, if using porn as part of sex with a partner or partners, ensure that this is not always the case. If you find yourself craving harder and harder pornography, stop using it altogether at least for a while; similarly if you are consumed with guilt or shame after consuming pornography, cease using it until you feel it can play a healthier role in your life.

It is a truism that an addict will not benefit from help or treatment until and unless they are able to recognise their condition. If you believe that your consumption of pornography has become problematic, and you are unable to stop, seek help immediately from your GP, an addiction specialist, or a rehab facility.

When it comes to addiction time is truly of the essence: every day that goes by while you labour under the burden of addiction is another day in which you have moved further and further away from your desired life. Since the beginning of a pornography boom, many thousands of people have had their lives damaged or even ruined by an addiction to porn. Only you can ensure that you will not become one of them. Many high-quality treatment facilities and organisations are now active in this area helping countless people to recover from addiction and to a normal life with a healthy outlook upon sex and sexuality.

No matter where you live, there is a drug rehab center that can help you overcome your addiction. We'll help you find it. Home Behavioural Addictions Pornography Addiction. Pornography Addiction Explained. Pornography Addiction: Real or Myth? Types of Pornography Addiction The sheer variety of forms of pornography — in terms of the media in which it is presented and the content depicted — means that pornography addiction itself can also take many forms.

Stages of a Pornography Addiction. Causes of Pornography Addiction As with any type of addiction, there is no absolute consensus on what causes pornography addiction, with both genetic and environmental factors playing a part. Factors Influencing Porn Addiction Again, each case of porn addiction is unique, and there is no unanimity regarding its precise causes. Biological It is a simple truth that some people have higher libidos than others, and the more highly sexualised someone is biologically, the more frequently they will think about sexual matters and become aroused; this can manifest itself in many different behaviours, but one is certainly an increased predilection for masturbation which can drive the consumption of pornography.

Social Some people, for any of the huge range of reasons, feel unable to participate in normal sexual encounters or to find partners; pornography can provide a route to regular sexual relief without requiring the involvement of another party. Because of the development of tolerance mentioned above, after a while the reward centre tends to require ever-greater stimulation in order to produce the same quantities of dopamine, which is the mechanism which typically drives the development of the desire for more extreme pornography, and a greater frequency of its consumption.

However, over time the brain can also normalise if the behaviours in question are not engaged in, removing the neurochemical basis of addiction though withdrawal symptoms may manifest during this period of normalisation. Unlike most other addictions, there is often an added neurochemical and hormonal. Get Confidential Help Now. Pornography Addiction in Children and Teenagers Although the very prospect may be an extremely uncomfortable one for many adults, children and teenagers are by no means immune to the challenge of pornography addiction.

Short- and Long-Term Impacts of Pornography Addiction As discussed above, pornography addiction can lead to changes in sexual tastes, desires and practices — which in the case of a single person may not be evident to anyone else, but which can cause huge problems for addicts in relationships.

Meanwhile, sexual problems including anorgasmia can also result; many people with serious porn addictions find themselves unable to orgasm without the help of pornography, even while with partners. Although physical harm typically does not result directly from pornography addiction. Porn Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders As noted above, pornography addiction has been linked with many other disorders, both contributing to and resulting from it.

Treatment for Pornography Addiction Although the ongoing debate about the diagnostic status of pornography addiction means that the medical community is divided to a degree about the most effective way to treat those suffering from it, generally speaking — as with other forms of addiction — psychotherapy in particular, cognitive behavioural therapy CBT though many other therapy models are also deployed is almost universally seen as the foundation for any treatment programme.

Disclosing your Addiction If you believe you are suffering from pornography addiction, and it is having a detrimental effect on your life, you should seek help as soon as possible. Understandably, this can be a very sensitive topic which can create feelings of extreme shame, as well as cause profound problems for relationships; however an unhealthy relationship with your own sexual being and a dependence upon pornography can be hugely damaging psychologically, and breaking the addiction should be a top priority for you.

Your GP, an addiction specialist, or a rehab facility will all treat your condition with the utmost confidentiality, and you should not be afraid of your situation becoming public knowledge if you reach out for help. It is of course up to you who else you discuss the situation with, but it may be advisable to speak with one or more of the aforementioned authorities about ways to approach the topic before broaching it with loved ones or other relevant parties.

Prevention for Pornography Addiction As with any form of addiction, the only way to guarantee not developing a pornography addiction is never to engage in the consumption of pornography in the first place. A new porn video is produced every 39 seconds worldwide.

Mind Geek — the company which owns some of the most valuable porn sites in the world, including PornHub and YouPorn — is the third biggest bandwidth-consuming company on Earth after Google and Netflix. Ready to get help? Get help today When it comes to addiction time is truly of the essence: every day that goes by while you labour under the burden of addiction is another day in which you have moved further and further away from your desired life. Take control of your life — get started on the road to recovery. Who is at risk for pornography addiction? Anyone viewing pornography regularly is at risk of developing an addiction — though that is not to say that everyone viewing pornography will do so.

What are the types of pornography addiction? There are as many different types of pornography addiction as there are forms and media of pornography, though the most common type is an addiction to online video content. How do I know if a friend or a family member has a pornography addiction? You may be unable to tell if someone close to you is addicted to pornography. Look out for marked changes in behaviour including a withdrawal from social circles and increased sexualisation of conversation.

If you are concerned about your sexual partner, look out for changed sexual tastes and a desire to engage in new or more extreme practices. How will I know if I need treatment? If you believe you are addicted to pornography, and you have tried unsuccessfully to stop consuming it, reach out for help today.

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