Although masturbation addiction is not a diagnosable mental health condition, it can have a huge impact on a person’s daily life, which is why it’s important that some light be shed on the issue.
So, today, we at Breaking Barriers Wellness & Counseling, professional providers of Mental Health Care in North Carolina, are here to talk about what masturbation addiction is and what common signs and symptoms there are to look out for that identify the condition.
Masturbation addiction refers to the excessive or compulsive act of masturbating. It falls under the umbrella category of sexual addiction, also referred to as “compulsive sexual behavior.”
Signs and Symptoms
While regularly engaging in masturbation doesn’t necessarily mean you have a problem, the following symptoms could mean that it’s time you receive the support of a professional mental health counselor:
- Masturbation takes up a lot of your time
- Your work and personal relationships are suffering because of masturbation
- You choose masturbation over other activities with people (e.g., choosing to be alone instead of being with your friends or partner)
- You find yourself masturbating in public or in places where you normally would not (e.g., public restrooms or dressing rooms)
- You masturbate even when you don’t feel like it
- You find yourself feeling guilty after engaging in masturbation
- You find yourself thinking about masturbating often. As mentioned before, there are no set criteria to determine whether a person has a masturbation addiction. Support from a professional, like an African American counselor, can help a patient identify if they have a problem.