Can Porn Lead to Depression?

What comes first, the egg or the chicken? If you are able to answer this question or find someone who can, please let me know. Because whoever know the answer probably can answer what comes first besides porn and depression.

Whether we can’t answer what causes what in this particular issue, our common sense tells us that there are some correlations between being depressed and porn.

What Triggers Porn Addiction?

Teenagers are more susceptible to fall into this kind of trap because you’re discovering your own sexuality and your mind/body are changing with those hormones that can find something to be erotic when there’s no reason.

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An undeniable factor for the crescent number of sexual addicts and porn addicts is that erotic images, videos and chatrooms are spread all over the web which makes easy for self-medicate our boredom and anxiety with the massive release of dopamine in our brains we get from watching porn.

A teenager (an adult too) just need a free day alone with internet on his preferred device, a jar of vaseline and some napkins to enjoy all the false human connection and short-term pleasure that erotic images, videos, and explicit sex can bring.

Porn and Depression Relationship

It doesn’t matter that much whether one comes first and open the gate the other. What’s really matter is to know that both are interdependent, because one foster the effects of the other to make it even stronger. This is what a therapist may call as a “dual-diagnosis”.

The relationship between porn and depression can be found in the what porn addicts belief “I’m not a worthy person” which is one of the core beliefs of depressed people.

The typical activities of a sexual addictive person are to watch porn and isolate themselves from family and friends, also this is typical in people with depression.

As a way of escaping from anxiety, stress, loneliness, and sadness is a great short-term solution but have some catastrophic secondary effects of bringing you more of these feelings, and before you know you’ll end up using porn as a remedy for meaningless problems, meaning that this is not a lasting solution after all.

Add to this the guilt of trying to be upright and moral in your life and you’ll end up with a perfect recipe to become depressed some time in the future.

Dangerous Effects of Using Porn

What’s scary about this sexual addiction is the enormously gratifying that it is and the easy access to it nowadays, how could someone say no to that?

Depending on the time and frequency you have on porn and fapping in front of the screen, sooner or later you’ll start to desensitize to people, social activities, and almost everything. In my opinion, this is how a kind of narcissism is born in people.

Being irritable, having a low level of energy and treating people like objects can be related to a high dependence of watching porn, according to some studies.

Another major effect that watching porn and masturbation bring to the table is that your brain is being rewired to become dependent on the rush of dopamine, hence creating a self-reward system without any effort on your part will result into lowering your self-esteem and that’s when you’ll end up being depressed.

My Conclusion
Must Not Fap

Through masturbation and pornography teenagers try to cover up how they really feel and think about themselves. Their self-image and ability to relate to other human beings really suffer because they try to use pornography as a way to escape from those feelings and that it isn’t a good strategy worth trying.

In the end, porn lead us to feel worse about ourselves and leave us empty without being able to feel true love and a real connection.

Whether we can say which one comes first or not, we can be sure that pornography and depression come together and can deal long-lasting damage to our mind and body.

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