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A 25-year-old male asked:

Does watching pornography have profound impacts on the male's brain? can it be reversed?

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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Pornography safe?: Watching porn, alone or with a partner, is extremely common, and by and large a part of normal, healthy sexual behaviors. There is no evidence that watching porn as part of a healthy sex life poses any danger to your brain. If you find that you are watching porn for much longer than you planned to watch, or that your use of porn is affecting your job or relationships, make sure 2 talk to your doc
Dr. Eric Christopher
A Verified Doctoranswered
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No damage. Help yes.: First, "profound" is a subjective word. Second, no it does not cause brain damage. However, anything can become an "addiction" that interferes with our "normal" life and "takes over." If all a person does is watch pornography and continues to isolate from others, or worse, can only get sexual gratification from pornography, yes it is a problem. It can be reversed with psychotherapy.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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