Dr Amer Siddiq on Mental Health

Episode 62

Porn Addiction

Mazran Zulkifly published on

A form of behavioural addiction (most well known is gambling)

Hypersexual disorder

  • If you are viewing more than 4 hours a day and starting to feel guilt or shame
  • If you are having orgasm more than 7 times a week as results to viewing porn

Men have a higher risk of this addiction.

You might have an addiction if:

  • tried to stop but unable to do so (dyscontrol)
  • lot of time spent viewing (asocial)
  • compulsive viewing (even when you are not enjoying it)
  • withdrawal symptoms if not able to watch
  • viewing more specialty material

 

Struggling with porn addiction:

  • going out less
  • taking risk to watch
  • watching in public space

 

Affects:

  • spoilt relationships
  • unable to get an erection

 

Biology:

  • a link with dopamine
  • changes in part of brain
  • development in less active part of brain

Sometimes linked with depression and anxiety

 

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