Is My Pornography Use a Problem?

By LDS Family Services

If you question whether your pornography use is a problem, compulsive or addictive, here are some questions that may help you determine if help is needed.

 

• Do you sense that your sexual thoughts and/or behaviors are causing problems in your life?

• Have sexual thoughts interfered with your ability to function at work or at school?

• Do you sometimes think that you are the only person who has certain sexual thoughts or engages in certain sexual behaviors?

• Do your fail to meet commitments or fail to carry out responsibilities because of your involvement with pornography?

• Do you struggle to control or completely stop your thinking about or viewing pornography?

• Do you view pornography in order to escape, deny, or numb your feelings?

• Do you think about sex more than you would like to?

• Have you ever promised yourself that you would never again view pornography?

• Do you use pornography to deal with, deny, or avoid problems in your life?

• Do your sexual thoughts and/or behaviors interfere with your spiritual or religious life?

• Have you lost a job or risked losing a job because of your involvement with pornography?

 

If you answered yes to any of these statements you may benefit from discussing it with your parents, bishop or a professional counselor.

 

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Elder L. Whitney Clayton

Elder L. Whitney Clayton speaks of the real consequences of a pornography addiction (see also Ensign, November 2007, 51–53).

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Do I Have a Pornography Problem?

If you answered yes to any of the questions listed in this article or if you are troubled by other pornography-related thoughts or behaviors, you may benefit from discussing your pornography use with your parents, bishop or a professional counselor.