Effects Watching Pornography | Mental Disorders

"Arousal Addictions" are related chiefly to pornography, but there is a smaller group that have "arousal addictions" related to video games, but I will only be addressing the effects of watching pornography.

There are some recent studies strongly indicating the effects of watching pornography can be related to mental disorders.  The large majority of health care providers are not trained to ask patients questions about the amount of time spent on high-speed internet viewing pornography if they are plagued with any of the following common mental disorders:

  • ADHD
  • Social Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Concentration Problems
  • Performance Anxiety
  • OCD

These common mental disorders could be related to an addiction called “arousal addiction”.

Arousal Addictions – Effects of Watching Pornography

“Arousal Addictions” are related chiefly to pornography, but there is a smaller group that have “arousal addictions” related to video games, but I will only be addressing the effects of watching pornography.

Pornography has more potential to become addictive

Studies show that pornography has more potential to become more addictive than anything else on the internet.

Reward Circuit of the Brain 

The brain has what is called a reward circuit.   Sex and food are natural rewards that release dopamine, but an excess of sex or food rewards release too much dopamine which triggers the release of a binge mechanism called Delta Fos B.   As Delta Fos B accumulates the brain is altered, and a “binge effect” for more and more develops into an addiction problem.

This is an image of the reward circuit of the brain. 

an excess of sex or food rewards release too much dopamine which triggers the release of a binge mechanism called Delta Fos B.   As Delta Fos B accumulates the brain is altered, and a "binge effect" for more and more develops into an addiction problem.
Reward circuit of the brain
  1. Dopamine surges due to excess rewards
  2. Delta FosB accumulates which alters the brain
  3. Cravings for more and binging occur

Addict’s brain

Continual binging causes the brain to change to an addict’s brain.  All addicts brains show dysfunction in the rewards circuit of the brain. A porn addicts brain is plagued with…..

  • A numbed pleasure response- everyday pleasures don’t satisfy a porn addict.
  • A hyper-reactivity to porn- everything is boring except super exciting porn.
  • Willpower erosion which occurs as the frontal cortex erodes.

Negative symptoms disappear when stop watching porn 

More recent studies show that when a person stops watching porn, mental and emotional problems can disappear.  For example, the great porn experiment documented  a guy in his twenties who was having negative experiences and symptoms as listed below:

  • Depression
  • Severe social anxiety
  • Severe memory impairment
  • Dropped out of college twice
  • Been fired twice
  • Smoked pot to calm anxiety
  • Girls didn’t like him and thought he was weird

When this guy stopped viewing pornography, all the effects of watching pornography disappeared within months.  Friendly interaction returned, and real mates were attracted.  Girls no longer thought he was weird.   Noteworthy and very interesting!

Erectile Dysfunction

Thousands of internet porn users are giving up pornography because it causes erectile dysfunction killing sexual performance even in young men.  Numb brains are sending weaker and weaker signals to sexual organs causing erectile dysfunction. Not cool!

Real sex

Internet porn is not real sex.  When watching pornography a person is generally isolated without touching or smelling a companion or to receive touch from a companion.

Real sex includes complete opposites from internet porn that promote health and vitality.

  • Courtship
  • Touching
  • Being Touched
  • Smell
  • Emotional Connections
  • Interaction with a person
Effects of watching pornography - Real sex includes complete opposites from internet porn that promote health and vitality.
Photo by Omar Lopez

The missing second control group is now available for the great porn experiment

At the beginning of the great porn experiment, a control group that did not watch pornography could not be found (a very big clue as to how many view internet porn). But since there are now thousands of ex-internet porn users due to erectile dysfunction, the control group who do not participate in pornography is now in place for the great porn experiment to continue exploring the effects of watching pornography.  If you would like more details about the experiment, I included the Ted talk below.

TedX talk by Gary Wilson elaborating on the great porn experiment

Top Featured Photo by Dillon Shook

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