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could use expert help with why i feel a little guilty when i masturbate?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Background: This is something that young teens often discover on their own or on the word of peers. It's fun, mysterious, helpful and perhaps takes you to imagining things that you wouldn't do in real life. Whether or not you talked with mom / dad growing up, you -- and everyone else in this world -- can benefit from talking openly with close friends / counselors / a sensible pastor about your sexuality.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Masturbation: Masturbation (are you really 46 years old?) is a normal and natural and common part of the human experience. All men you know masturbate or have masturbated. There is no health consequence, in general, to this common sexual activity. Humans are sexual beings and part of coming to adulthood is learning that this is a gift from god, not a punishment. If you need, bring this to your family doctor.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I quit making innocent people feel guilty?

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A 47-year-old member asked:

I never felt remorse or sympathy for anyone or thing or felt shame and embarrassment for myself?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Really?: If this is really true, does it bother you in some way? Your asking about it on healthtap indicates that maybe it does -- or maybe someone in your life is having difficulty with your attitudes or behavior. Are you curious enough to see a psychiatrist or psychologist about this? Those would be the professionals best trained to work with you on such questions.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Should I go see a doctor for persistent feelings of guilt when I know I didn't do anything wrong?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Persistent guilt: If you know you didn't do anything wrong, you wouldn't have guilt. So if the guilt is persistent and distressing, seeing a psychologist or counselor could help you figure out why you have it and relieve it. Don't live with distress when you don't have to.

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