New Zealand sex therapist discusses brain patterns in porn addiction

Mary Hodson is the spokes woman for Sex Therapy New Zealand. She has observed a connection between people with porn problems and the brain patterns of those with addictions.  She says research is yet to conclusively prove that the brains of people experiencing problems with porn are showing all the classic signs of addiction. A chemical change in the brain, probably linked to the feel-good hormone oxytocin, is likely to be proven soon.  Hodson prefers the term ‘Out of control sexual behaviour’ or OCSB to that of ‘addiction’. As public awareness increases the rise in porn connected discorders has risen to 40% of the case load at the organisations two North Island based centres.

Mark & Claire say:

This article is very interesting and reinforces the belief that watching pornography has a wider and deeper impact on the brain and consequently on our mental health. Although the article originates from New Zealand, we know Britain is facing the same issues and we are  also dealing with the lack of financial resources to prevent the situation getting worse. late-pornLYP is trying to bridge the gap. Please help us by spreading the word. #Preventionisbetterthancure.

This article was originally sourced and re-edited from The Big Read, NZ Herald article.

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