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I have been trying to curb my masturbation problem for a few months now; and every time I get about 2 or 3 days in a row into it--I revert back and start going at it 2-3 times a day again. Any ideas on what to do about this? It's really messing with my life.
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Sometimes, compulsive masturbation is a symptom of OCD or Anxiety Disorder.  I recommend a thorough assessment by a competent physician. Medication may help.

Also recommended is Dr. Jeffrey Swartz's book "BrainLock" which is a self-help program for people with OCD which I've found to work pretty well for people with sexual compulsion.

Psychologically, a number of things could be going on.  Undoubtedly, your childhood experience didn't include learning how to "self-sooth", so masturbation is simply what you're doing to make yourself find an emotional equilibrium.  Find other avenues to self-soothing.  I like to listen to hypnosis tapes, swim, meditate or do yoga.

You might consider talking to a psychotherapist about potential problems with intimacy.  Masturbation may be a sign that you feel no one can meet your needs; you must rely only on yourself.  This tendency can keep you very isolated...and very lonely.

Dorothy Hayden, LCSW
www.sextreatment.com
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