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Is there any relationship between pornography & depression?

Last Updated - Thu, Apr 19 2018

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Is there any relationship between porn and depression? Does watching porn trigger depression?

I've been watching a lot of porn lately and I've started to feel depressed about life in general. After masturbation I feel like I'm wasting my time, but again start watching porn as soon as I get another erection.

At one sitting I easily watch 2-3 porn videos online and keep surfing across the internet. The sad part is that I retreat in porn again when I feel depressed...

I think watching too much pornography is not good for my mind and is causing depression. But I'm not able to get out of it. Pornography has become a necessary obsession for me. I spend 1-2 hours every day watching porn and much more time in the remaining day thinking about porn. 

I honestly feel that porn gives me the pleasure but it is severely hampering my life and causing depression in me. 

I don't have any girlfriend, is that the reason I'm watching too much porn?

Is there any suck thing called "Porn Addiction" and can it cause depression? I've been reading about it all over the internet.

Can you help me in getting rid of this morbid fascination of pornography from my mind.

Category: Psychology


Ms. Samiksha Jain

Counselling Psychologist & Psychotherapist
Lady Irwin College

Yes, watching porn can be harmful as it releases dopamine in our brains and rewards our brain with pleasure. This pleasure (and this hormone) causes addiction in our brains. And yes, Porn addiction is a very real thing and a lot of people suffer from this problem.

There can be several underlying causes to this problem of watching excessive porn
  • Stress, Anxiety & Depression
  • Idleness (lack of physical, social activity in life)
  • Sexual Gratification (Masturbation releases the stress inside the brain and porn becomes a way to self-medicate)

The catch here is that at times, this porn addiction is often ignored because we think it will be solved once you are regularly involved in sexual activity. However, it won't and it can easily pull back to pornography and later into depression.

Depression is common side-effect to this problem. It arises from the feeling of guilt trapped inside us after the activity.

All these problems are solved with regular therapy sessions. It might take 2 weeks to 2 months to 2 years (in some extreme cases) to get rid of this addiction completely and depression subsequently.

Get help with online counselling
 and you might see some improvements right from the beginning.

Ms. Samiksha Jain

Counselling Psychologist & Psychotherapist
Lady Irwin College

Ms. Samiksha Jain is a Psychologist in Bangalore. She offers her clients a friendly, respectable, calm and confidential environment to talk through their difficulties.

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