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Therapist Explains How Watching Too Much Porn Affects Your Brain

Rebecca Shepherd

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Therapist Explains How Watching Too Much Porn Affects Your Brain

A therapist has warned people off watching too much porn and, if the damage has been done already, he's also giving people the advice they need to reset the brain:

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Paul Sheppard, who describes himself as a mindset coach and anxiety specialist, has shared his videos on his TikTok page.

His initial post, which touched on symptoms someone might be experiencing if they're addicted to pornography has reached over 220,000 views.

The next clip Paul uploaded was on tips to reboot and rewire your brain if you are watching too much porn.

He recommended things such as exercise to relieve stress rather than relying on adult films.

Credit: TikTok/themindsetcoachuk
Credit: TikTok/themindsetcoachuk

In the first video, which was posted five days ago, Paul said: "Here are some ways porn can f*** up your brain. And also f*** up your life.

"Too much porn can mean that your brain begins to rewire itself so that you prefer porn instead of having sex with a real person.

"Too much porn use has been linked to performance anxiety, erectile dysfunction, sexual inadequacy and also body image negativity."

He then goes on to explain just how porn becomes addictive for some people, adding: "Porn is a super stimulant, in other words it boosts your dopamine levels unnaturally high. This makes it extremely addictive for some people.

"It also makes other things around you much less pleasurable because the only way you can get that really good feeling is to go back to porn."

Some symptoms Paul tells people to look out for are: brain fog, feeling confused and tired, demotivated, intolerant. He also explains how it dumbs down your prefrontal cortex.

Someone asked Paul what the solution is. Credit: TikTok/themindsetcoachuk
Someone asked Paul what the solution is. Credit: TikTok/themindsetcoachuk

After one of the viewers asks how the brain can be 'fixed', Paul did another video to pass on some tricks of the trade.

First of all he wrote: "Reboot and rewire your brain by abstaining completely and do something else instead."

Next, Paul told people not to be ashamed and accept they've got an issue, encouraging them to seek help. He also says it's good to remove all porn links and suggests adding parental features.

Another tip is to exercise and learn to relax which will help, explaining that porn and masturbation are often used to relieve stress and anxiety.

He also wrote: "List what you are sacrificing in life through your habit and vow to get them back," as well as: "Change your mindset by thinking of this as your challenge to beat!"

So, there we have it. If you want to find out more about Paul, you can follow him on TikTok here or Instagram. You can also tune in to his podcast.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/themindsetcoachuk

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Rebecca Shepherd
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