Pornography is any material with the main intent to cause sexual arousal or excitement. It may come in the form of statues, paintings, pictures, audios, and videos. The history of porn can be traced back to prehistoric times. An extensive inventory of artifacts has been unearthed from Mesopotamia portraying sexual acts.
When photography was invented, it ushered in a brand-new era of pornography. The subject of porn became more imaginative and multilayered. Even more so when films became ubiquitous. Now that we have the internet, all kinds of pornographic material are readily available. Whatever you can think of, there is a porn video of it on the web somewhere.
As you can see, pornography has been ingrained in our society since time immemorial. But until now, it’s always been a hot topic. Some people are disgusted and offended by it, some occasionally indulge in it, others are disinterested, while there are others that compulsively partake in it.
Although “porn addiction” is not a medically recognized term, the strong urge to view pornographic material can pose a major problem, similar in ways that other behavioural addictions cause.
Why Is Pornography Is So Addictive?
The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which doctors use to diagnose and classify mental health issues does not explicitly describe porn addiction as a mental health issue. However, there are ongoing clinical studies tying heavy porn use as a potential sign of addiction.
Several experts say that the same brain activity is shown in drug or alcohol addiction — when reward, motivation and memory-related circuits in your brain are turned on — is similar to those who use pornography a lot. Individuals who describe themselves as engaging in compulsive sexual behaviours display greater brain reactivity as compared to those who identified themselves as non-compulsive. There is profound evidence that pornography's compulsive and continuous use is conceivably as powerful as drug usage.
Signs Of Porn Addiction
Frequent porn-viewing can pose a potential problem personally, socially, and even professionally. Whether watching porn is an addiction or compulsion, it still needs intervention. And there are signs that one’s pornographic behaviours have reached an addiction level. It is important to watch out for these signs:
It is apparent that many of these actions and behaviours have a lot of similarities with persons with substance addiction.
Help Is Available
The Arden Centre is a safe, person-centered treatment centre for those who are grappling with porn addiction. Each step of the recovery process is fully supported by highly-trained professionals. There is a wide range of complementary therapies available as the team at the Arden Centre supports and practices a holistic and values-based approach to care.
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