Porn binging leads to depression!
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