Porn Addiction Side Effects

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Pornographic Dopamine

Porn addiction is a behavioral problem characterized by an uncontrollable compulsion to view pornographic content or material. With the internet providing easy access to thousands of sources, it is not difficult to lose your grip and become hooked!

Porn addicts are unable to stop engaging in porn despite multiple attempts at doing so. Their cravings fuel their addiction, turning into a frustrating process; they become angry when loved ones ask them to stop.

Porn addicts will deny their addiction much like substance abusers; their impulses remain secret-like. Porn addiction is known for promoting secrecy in relationships, further impacting the addict’s psychological well-being. Because addicts do not reveal their addiction, they often feel as if they’re leading a double life by hiding their porn viewing; this promotes guilt and shame.

Porn addicts may continue to view porn despite broken relationships or job loss. Relationships suffer because an addict loses intimacy and sexual satisfaction with their partner; they become emotionally distant because their partner no longer provides the desired satisfaction. And some addicts must watch porn during work, affecting their job performance and promoting failed careers.

Porn addicts may be so addicted that they spend most of their waking hours watching porn! This can result in tolerance, requiring more hours spent on more intense pornographic material to achieve the desired pleasure and satisfaction.

As with any addiction, porn releases large amounts of the neurotransmitter dopamine from the nucleus accumbens (reward center) in the brain; when porn is not available, the addict feels low and quickly returns back to watching porn, leading to a new dopamine surge! And this is how the cycle of addiction continues.

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