My younger sibling was down with viral fever recently and needed some extra care. Being away from home it was getting a bit difficult for me to manage my work hours and look after him. So we moved to our uncle’s place for a while so that he gets proper rest and will be able to recover fast.

It was around 2AM in the Night when I woke up to the sound of a woman moaning loudly. “Someone’s having a good time wanking!” I just thought to myself and went back to sleep. The moaning woke me up again twice, but I still kept ignoring it. When it woke me up for the fourth time I thought of finding out who it was and do something about it. I glanced at the watch and it was around 5am in the morning. I came out of my room and looked around. The noise was coming from my Uncle’s Son’s Room. I walked towards the door and peeped inside making sure no one sees me from the inside. I saw my uncle’s son lying half naked on the bed and masturbating to a porn video which was being played on his home theatre system in his room with dim lights.

I found it a bit inappropriate to confront him in that situation and decided to walk back to my room with the question in my mind that “Who watches porn that way!?”

I just left a text on his phone saying “Can you lower the volume please? I do not find Lana Rhoades so beautiful that I’ll let her disturb my sleep.” and around 20 minutes later, the sounds stopped coming. I guess he finally got time to see my text.

I confronted him next morning asking him what exactly he was upto and who watches porn that way and for such a long time. As I spoke to him, I got to know that he was a porn addict and was attending sessions to get treated. I found that a bit weird. I’ve heard of it but never knew that Porn Addiction was actually a thing. So, I tried find out what it was and how things work and found things that might help people.

Basically, porn addiction is not an official diagnosis recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) or American Psychiatric Association (APA). But sometimes, experiencing an uncontrollable compulsion to view porn can be as problematic for some people as other behavioral addictions.

Whether you agree to it or not, everyone watches porn and just watching or enjoying porn doesn’t make you addicted to it, nor does it require fixing. On the other hand, some people spend hours on porn websites, even if it means neglecting responsibilities or sleep. They do not have a control over their urge to watch pornography any time of the day.

There are various symptoms that a porn addict exhibits and one of them being unable to resist watching porn even though it’s disrupting your personal and professional life. Apart from that, insisting your partner to view porn or act out porn fantasies even though they don’t want to is also one of the symptoms of being a porn addict. Sometimes people (who show traits of being a porn addict) are unable to enjoy sex without first viewing porn.

Since its not yet recognized as a mental disorder, it’s hard to say why viewing porn can sometimes escalate into an out-of-control behavior. It might start during the time when you feel bored, lonely, stressed or depressed and like other behavioral addictions, it can happen to anyone.

Research shows that behavioral addictions, like internet addiction, involve neural processes similar to substance addiction and pornography addiction is comparable.

There are very less mental treatment facilities that provides treatment for porn addiction because people don’t usually open up about it and hence they don’t get treated. It’s still unknown what exactly is the best cure for it. Attending therapy sessions would help if you believe you suffer from compulsion or addiction of porn. Doctor may also recommend medication if required. However, I personally feel that the best way to treat something like this is to communicate with your most loved and trusted ones. And If someone you care about shows signs of being Addicted to Pornography, it may be time to open the lines of some Non Judgmental Communication.

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