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I am addicted to porn and feel disgusted about it.

Question: I think I am addicted to porn. I am 17 and started watching when I was 13, along with all my friends. It used to be just a fun thing I would watch and masturbate to, but over the years I feel like it’s out of my control – I watch it even when I don’t want to masturbate, when I’m tired, and especially when I have study deadlines. I feel disgusted with myself and it’s stressing me out. What’s worrying me is that I find all the “normal” porn stuff boring and I am getting drawn to some really messed up stuff. And I can’t make it stop. Please help me! Teentalker , 17-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Thank you for sharing this – sometimes it is hard to admit to yourself that you have a problem that’s spiraled out of control, let alone seek help for it. That in itself is a brave step forward in helping yourself! Here are some active steps you can take:

  • Identify what’s behind the porn watching: if you are anxious, bored or upset about something
  • Give yourself permission to watch porn without judging yourself
  • If you do decide to quit, consider substituting the activity with something else that is pleasura.....

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