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Breaking Free from Destructive Behaviors with Porn or Sex Obsession

Rocky Mountain Frontier Boys School for troubled teen boys understands that when you or a loved one struggles with compulsive sexual behavior, or pornography, then you want to find the best solution for breaking free from these destructive behaviors.

Please contact us to learn more about how we address these problematic behaviors in teen boys.

Sex obsession is a highly debated topic. It isn’t classified by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), but was recently added to the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD). For those who struggle with compulsive sexual behavior, pornography consumption may also be a problematic behavior.

“Sex dependency can manifest in a variety of ways, one of which is an addiction to pornography,” says Dr. Carla Manly, a clinical psychologist and sex expert. “In essence, a pornography obsession is just one disorder under the main category of sexual dependency.”

As with any habit, there are tell-tale signs you or someone you know may have a problem. With sex obsession, you are constantly thinking about sex and acting on those urges regardless of potential consequences.

“Porn viewing, though not a substance, produces those same brain responses,” says Dr. Mike Anderson, a sex and relationship expert. While those who struggle from compulsive sexual behavior disorder will do anything they can to fulfill their thoughts, fantasies and urges, some seek sex with another person, while others may prefer the less personal means of pornography. Because of this difference, some view sex dependency and porn addiction as separate disorders.

“There are some obvious similarities and areas of overlap between the two,” says Dr. Daniel Sher, a clinical psychologist. “It is even possible to struggle with both both porn and sex obsession-like behaviors at the same time. However, they are not the same thing.”

“With sex dependency there’s a more significant interpersonal component. The person with the obsession needs to be having sex with another person in order to satisfy their need — porn alone wouldn’t cut it. For this reason, people with sex dependency are often extroverted and eager to mingle. People who are obsessed with pornography, on the other hand, are more likely to be introverted and happy to stay at home.”

Sex dependency and porn dependency share a lot of similarities. Both can have severe negative consequences on people’s work, social and personal lives. People who have either a porn or a sex obsession find themselves unable to stop their behaviors, even though they may want to. However, both can also be successfully treated with professional help through psychotherapy or counseling.

FIND HELP NOW for your troubled teen boy at Rocky Mountain Frontier Boys Ranch and School for struggling boys.

If your young boy or teen suffers from a sexual dependency, or pornography obsession, we want to help you now. Give us a call at (307) 645-3363, to learn more about our therapeutic residential program that has helped many troubled teen boys overcome.

We look forward to speaking with you.

Sources: 1) https://www.webmd.com/connect-to-care/addiction-treatment-recovery/are-sex-addiction-and-porn-addiction-the-same-thing https://www.psychguides.com/behavioral-disorders/sex-addiction/

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