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.
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.
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