Internet Sex Addiction

Internet addiction in general is a relatively new phenomenon in psychology because it only appeared recently with the advancement of high-speed online technology.

I help my clients using behavioral and cognitive behavioral teraphy .

 

There are a variety of internet addictions – cyber-sex, pornography (pictures, videos, stories, chat etc) and online dating to name a few.

 

Research shows that most boys start to explore the internet for pornography from as early as ten years of age.

In the beginning it’s not even for sexual arousal as much as the variety or novelty which the internet offers so easily and for free.

 

Cyber sex, pornography and online dating sites all create the same potential problems…

Mostly it is about the novelty. Every time we click on the mouse, a new nude picture, a new monster to kill or a new possible sexual partner appears on the screen.

Add to this what they call the Triple A’s of Accessibility, Affordability and Anonymity.

 

These addictions are largely hidden from the outside world, so friends and family usually have no idea about the suffering of the affected person.

Cognitive Behavioural Teraphy  aproach offers a range of ways to deal with this so comon issue in today's cyber world .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some symptoms of an internet addict can be:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Withdrawal from society
  • Low self esteem
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Relationship breakdown

Our preferred approach for internet addiction is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • First we assess if the person is actually addicted, and to what degree (chances are that there are other, unrelated issues which need to be addressed)
  • Then we help the client to develop the coping skills (individually tailored for each client)
  • Help the client to take control of the time he/she spends online
  • Assist the client to identify and gradually replace the addiction with an interest or activity they previously enjoyed before they become addicted, so in a way step back in order to go forward