Porn Addiction Test

Mar 21, 2024

Porn addiction doesn't have an official diagnosis. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) doesn't even have it listed. Still, it’s referred to as hypersexual disorder. This excessive habit can impact each aspect of your life, including your career, relationships, and financial situation. 

Self-Assessment Test: Am I addicted to porn?

Porn is inevitable. The accessibility of porn is due to the rise in internet and smartphone use. Back in 2022, a study found that the amount of pornography increased to 10,000 terabytes. Pornography has provided a quick and easy way to relieve sexual pleasure. However, it can quickly become a problem if you depend on it to escape feelings or situations. 

There might be a time when you’re asking yourself, “Am I addicted to porn?” Porn is similar to other behavioral addictions where you're addicted to the behavior. The most common signs of porn addiction include:

  • Inability to control addictive behavior

  • Unable to avoid pornography

  • Craving for masturbation or adult entertainment

  • Relationship and intimacy issues caused by excessive porn use 

It can be hard for someone to seek treatment for their porn addiction due to shame and guilt. It can become a problem if it’s left untreated. Have you ever wondered if you have a pornography addiction? Do you find that your life revolves around it? A self-assessment test can help you learn about your porn habits and determine whether it’s an addiction. 

Most of the questions are based on behaviors and actions that took place in the last six months. Be honest with answering these questions. Take your time with this self-assessment as it's not timed. This leads to the best and most accurate results. 

Contact us for individual consultation

Birches Health has sex addiction specialists at your disposal. No matter your struggles, we have the resources and information to help. Our mental health providers have successfully used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interview (MI) to treat patients recovering from sex and porn addiction. 

No treatment is the same. These treatments are customized to each individual’s needs. You can also speak with a porn and sex provider to get a free clinical evaluation. Assessments are 100% free and confidential. 

Sex Addiction and Porn Addiction Tests

Sex addiction and porn addiction tests should only be used as assessment tools. They can guide you in receiving an official diagnosis from a licensed psychotherapist. 

You’ll answer various questions, which are based on your experience. Only use these questions to identify any issues you might have with sex or porn addiction. You’ll mostly answer these questions with a “yes” or “no.” 

Biological Sex Addict Test

According to a recent study, scientists found that genes and other environmental factors can increase one’s risk of addiction. Also, teenagers and adults with mental disorders are at greater risk of behavioral and substance addiction. 

Sex addiction is caused by a biological response to external cues. For example, high levels of dopamine and serotonin might increase sexual cravings and engagement with such behaviors. Sex is a biological and instinctual drive, which makes it natural. 

However, it becomes a problem when those feelings and cravings are hard to manage. In this case, they will take a biological sex addict test to determine if their behavior is addictive.

Psychological Sex Addict Test

The Psychological Sex Addict Test is also known as the Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST). It’s based on a list of the common thoughts, behaviors, and actions that are related to the psychological definition of “hypersexuality.” 

This test helps you gauge your compulsive or addictive behavior. It's typically taken in medical settings, such as clinics, hospitals, in-patient and out-patient treatment programs, and private practices. 

The SAST provides an exhaustive list of responses that determine between non-addictive and addictive behavior. You will respond to each response with a “yes” or “no.” 

Trauma-Based Sex Addict Test

Trauma-based sex addicts often experience trauma as a child or adolescent. Ninety-seven percent of sex addicts suffer emotional abuse or trauma during childhood or adolescence. It mostly stems from sexual trauma or abandonment trauma, such as divorce or an absent parental figure. 

The individual often repeats this trauma into adulthood. The compulsive behavior manifests into an addiction. In a trauma-based sex addict test, you will determine if your addiction stems from trauma. You’ll also identify the trauma that caused your addictive behavior. 

You might notice that your feelings or emotions involving the trauma are repressed, which is normal and nothing to be ashamed of. In this case, you’ll work with a mental health counselor to determine the next course of action. This is the first step in the healing and recovery process. 

Do I Have a Porn Addiction?

The below questions are based on behaviors associated with porn addiction. This helps you to become more aware of your unhealthy porn habits. Take your time with this quiz. Notice if you experienced the following feelings or behaviors in the past few months to see where your habits fall. 

Has the amount of time you spend watching porn increased?

Do you look at porn while driving or other activities that require your focused attention and concentration?

Are you reluctant to not look at pornography, even for a short time?

Do you spend time thinking about pornography or sex? 

Have you ever lied about how much porn you actually watch?

Has your pornography use impacted your work, school, or relationships? 

Do you feel guilt and shame during or after looking at porn? 

Do you look forward to events and responsibilities being over so you can engage in sexual behavior? 

Has your engagement with online hookup apps, dating websites, webcams, and other sexual platforms become greater than your need for a long-term partner? 

Have you ever had sex with a casual encounter or alone and later regretted it?

Have your friends and family ever expressed concern about your porn habits?

Has anyone close to you been hurt by your lies and secrets related to your porn use? 

Have you ever been charged with a crime related to your porn use or sexual behavior? 

Resources:

Porn Sex versus Real Sex: Sexual Behaviors Reported by a U.S. Probability Survey Compared to Depictions of Sex in Mainstream Internet-Based Male–Female Pornography

Evaluating and Treating Sexual Addiction

Drug Misuse and Addiction | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

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