Teen Alert

Porn bing­ing leads to de­pres­sion!

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS -

Porn ad­dic­tion and teens suf­fer­ing from it is in­creas­ing by the day. But as par­ents and guardians, we need to be able to spot signs of that ad­dic­tion. Mum­baibased psy­chol­o­gist Seema Hin­gor­rany helps us un­der­stand the symp­toms, and re­verse them. How It All Starts?

Easy ac­cess to high-tech gad­gets like I-pads and smart­phones at a very early age. Liv­ing in a nu­clear fam­ily makes su­per­vi­sion on the ac­tiv­i­ties of the chil­dren dif­fi­cult, spe­cially where both par­ents are work­ing. Teenage is also an age where kids go through hor­monal changes, mak­ing them cu­ri­ous to know about things like sex and porn. The herd syn­drome, where if a friend is surf­ing porn you are also do­ing it, is re­spon­si­ble too. Chil­dren from dys­func­tional fam­i­lies seek refuge in watch­ing porn. Symp­toms Of Porn Ad­dic­tion Spend­ing more time in the bed­room/ wash­room rather than so­cial­iz­ing with fam­ily and friends. Spend­ing hours on gad­gets or be­ing on­line on dif­fer­ent vir­tual medi­ums. Car­ry­ing giz­mos or gad­gets to schools or in lec­tures where they have been pro­hib­ited from

Spend­ing qual­ity time with fam­ily and friends is im­por­tant. The chan­nel of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween a par­ent and child should al­ways be kept open.

us­ing them, and be­ing reg­u­larly ab­sent in school. Of­ten, the child does not have any real friend, and so gets hooked on to watch­ing porn out of lone­li­ness and sad­ness. On­line, he/ she ends up mak­ing friends with wrong kind of peo­ple and that’s how it starts. Treat­ment For Porn Ad­dic­tion The big symp­tom of de­pres­sion needs to be first ad­dressed and treated. Vic­tim needs to go through ther­a­pies to in­crease his/ her self­es­teem and worth. Spend­ing qual­ity time with fam­ily and friends is im­por­tant. The chan­nel of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween a par­ent and child should al­ways be kept open. En­cour­age your child to be a bet­ter hu­man be­ing once they have con­fessed to be­ing a porn ad­dict rather than yelling at them for it. Check whether he is hooked on to other kinds of ad­dic­tion like drugs or al­co­hol. Self-Help For An Ad­dict Stop go­ing on­line much, and on fo­rums where you make vir­tual friends. Get away from friends who ac­tu­ally in­tro­duced you to this. Start go­ing to the gym, and work on your low self-es­teem. Keep your­self busy in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties that make you happy. Be around peo­ple and stay away from lone­li­ness. SNEHA SURESHKUMAR

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