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how do i prevent masturbation addiction?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Common sense: All young men and most young women masturbate. The stuff about "addiction" is actually an obsession that a very small percentage of men get with erotica which excludes other important things in life. If you feel this developing, get with your physician and we can help. If dad's a reasonable guy, maybe you can talk with him. Best wishes.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Some say that all: Addictions have some things in common (and some things unique to the object). The 12-step approach may provide help for a wide range of objects. They have the best record of success in alcohol & drug addicts. You might want to find a meeting and ask them for advise with your issue. Or, if you want 1-on-1, see a sex or cbt psychotherapist to approach it as a sex or behavioral problem. Help is there.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of masturbation 'addiction'?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
What do you mean?: Almost all men and many women have to enjoy their bodies from time to time or they'll become uncomfortable and can't do the ordinary things they need to (like studying or getting to sleep). This isn't an addiction. If you're obsessed with erotica to the point of missing out on meals, study time, work -- your physician can help with Rx &/or talk; it's fairly common and treatable.

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