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Pornography and Mental Health.

The access to sexually explicit stuff and pornography has become very easy with the advent of the internet. From being only available in magazines and late night television shows, now you can have whatever you desire. This varies from the normal intercourse to the illegal child pornography to some things that are…well…weird.

Let us now move on to what role it plays on its consumer’s mental health and the kind of long lasting effects it can have on the same.

A New Mental Illness?

According to the latest revision of the DSM, DSM-V, Porn addiction is not seen as a mental disorder as it stands. Actually, having an addiction to porn is a lot like being addicted to heroin, alcohol or other harmful substances.

There is a lot of debate among scholars and researchers about whether sex addiction, which would encompass porn addiction, is a real disease. The term addiction has slowly become meaningless as it has ended up being mainstreamed by the media and different generations.

Arguments are that sex addiction is used as an excuse for infidelity or that it is a disease being created to introduce a new drug market, something that would create more revenue for the pharmaceutical companies.

The Studies.

Studies on pornography usage and mental health disorders have indicated that compared to non-pornography users, users have reported higher levels of depressive symptoms, a poorer quality of life and more mental and physical health suppressive days (Weaver III, Weaver, Mays, Hopkins, Kannenberg, McBride, 2011)

Additionally, higher levels of anxiety in pornography users (Morrison et al., 2004) and instances of narcissistic personality disorder in the pornographic material itself (Mercer, 2004) have been discovered. Global severity of psychological symptoms has also been related to selfreported problems in individuals’ daily lives as linked to pornography usage (Brand, Laier, Pawlikowski, Schächtle, Schöler, & Altstötter-Gleich, 2011).

Conclusion.

In a country like India, porn is already something that is considered a social evil. It is something which has both positive aspects and negative ones. It tends to keep people away from becoming addicted to the erotica, but at the same time, being told not to do something, may lead to an increased desire to do it. Moreover, it may turn people away from seeking help for their problems. It is a double edged sword and trust me, this sword is sharp at both ends.

Pornography and likelihood of showing depressive symptoms has been shown to have a correlation. It is not clear whether the consumption of porn leads to depressive symptoms or the other way around. It is also possible that some third factor is causing this correlation.

Pornography draws strong responses—from the public at large and within the therapeutic community. Many of us have such strong feelings about pornography that we automatically label, condemn, or reject anyone who sees it differently. If we’re critical of porn, we might judge people who like it as “excessively permissive,” “exploitive,” “addicted to sex,” or “misogynistic.” If we’re supportive of porn, we may see those who don’t share our view as “sexually uptight,” “religiously conservative,” “radically feminist,” or “against free speech.” Unlike other common mental health concerns, such as depression or substance abuse, we have no reasonably coherent and agreed upon clinical perspective for what constitutes a “porn problem” or how to approach it.

[https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/blog/details/677/pornography-on-the-rise-a-growing-mental-health-problem]

Pornography Addiction and Mental Health Disorders – Tabitha Cassidy

https://www.addiction.com/expert-blogs/sex-addiction-dsm-5-2/

 


7 Comments

Sunita · April 26, 2018 at 7:08 PM

You have touched a sensitive topic which really should be discussed but we don’t do.nowadays when related crime is on the increase,more of this education is needed.

syncwithdeep · April 26, 2018 at 7:15 PM

the mindsets of the people needs to grow yet to talk about this.

An@m! · April 27, 2018 at 3:56 AM

Addiction is harmful, whatever it is of. And today when even a small kid is open to internet it is a bit difficult to check the accessibility of such materials. For grown ups you said correct it is just an excuse. Well we can only create awareness and be self aware as well.

    knightofsteel · April 28, 2018 at 3:13 AM

    This is what fascinates me so much about the internet. It has so many aspects and nitty gritties that it’s alMost impossible to judge the entity.

Natasha · April 27, 2018 at 4:45 AM

Any sort of addiction is harmful. Good you touched upon a hushed topic Arjun.

Well researched writing yet again,

https://natashamusing.com/2018/04/x-is-for-xenia-the-flower-girl-atozchallenge/

    knightofsteel · April 28, 2018 at 3:12 AM

    Thank you Natasha! I’ve been dying to catch up on your blog for a few days now. Hope to do it all by the end of the day.

      Natasha · April 28, 2018 at 3:19 AM

      Awww thanks a big bunch Arjun☺️ Have a fabulous weekend and yes take your time. No pressure.

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