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TOPIC TITLE: Became addicted
Created On 7/26/12 1:47 AM
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feeling crappy
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7/26/12 1:47 AM
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I'm processing some s*xual trauma in therapy right now and I think I have become addicted to porn It started off with just looking up and reading up on stuff on the internet and tonight it actually went up to actually watching something. I'm feeling nauseated and am almost throwing up. I have two questions for you.
1. How is it that I have had s*xual trauma and am nauseated and disgusted by this topic in general and I still find that I have the urge/need to look up/watch these things?'
2. How can I stop it before it gets out of hand?
Anyone who has any advice not only Dr. Lynn I'm open to everything I'm desperate...
 
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gad
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7/26/12 6:08 AM
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here are some possible thoughts that may help.

re #1. perhaps because of your emotional stress, you may feel a need to revisit the abuse (maybe a bit like a holocaust survivor may feel the need to visit the camps) because you may feel that revisiting can help you deal with it and desensitise.
however, you are finding that it is making you very stressed and anxious. maybe this is because, instead of dealing with things, you are abusing yourself further by bombarding your senses with it.

re#2. a suggestion is maybe to 'tell' your emotions that although they (the emotions) are very stressed out, nevertheless revisiting it this way is not going to calm your emotions, and instead it is stressing things more.

hope to hear good news.
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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8/1/12 1:33 PM
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I think the most important thing you can do is get treatment for the trauma. In the meantime, I would recommend putting things in place such as calling friends or doing another activity instead of the undesired behavior. One of my patients lives with his family, and his computer is in a public area and has to have a family member log him on every so often.
a lynn
 
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