A case report of pornography addiction with dhat syndrome (2014)

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Indian J Psychiatry. 2014 Oct;56(4):385-7. doi: 10.4103/0019-5545.146536.

Darshan MS1, Sathyanarayana Rao TS2, Manickam S2, Tandon A3, Ram D2.


A case of pornography addiction with dhat syndrome was diagnosed applying the existing criteria for substance dependence in International Classification for Diseases-10 and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition, Text Revision. There is a lack of clear-cut criteria for identifying and defining such behavioural addictions and also lack of medical documents on pornography addiction. An applied strategy in lines with any substance addiction is used, and we found it helped our patient to gradually deaddict and then completely quit watching pornography. This is one of the few cases being reported scientifically, and we hope more work will be carried out in this ever increasing pornography addiction problem.


Pornography addiction; dhat syndrome; male sexual disorders; sex addiction