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Some experts have determined four major brain changes common to addicted brains—sensitization, , , and a — all of which can be found in cases of pornography consumption.
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Research has demonstrated that overcoming a pornography habit is absolutely possible, and that over time, pornography’s negative effects can be managed and largely reversed.
(Young, 2013; Nathanson, 2021)
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  • Young K. S. (2013). Treatment outcomes using CBT-IA with Internet-addicted patients. Journal of behavioral addictions, 2(4), 209–215. https://doi.org/10.1556/JBA.2.2013.4.3
  • Nathanson, A. (2021). Psychotherapy with young people addicted to internet pornography. Psychoanal. Study Child, 74(1), 160-173. doi:10.1080/00797308.2020.1859286
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One review of 20 studies on the topic found that pornography consumption negatively impacts adolescents’ self-esteem and mental health.
(Koletić, 2017)
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