Our expert says:
Ateev, your masturbation does sound like it's problematic (1) you do it to the point of injury (2) you do it at the expense of other things - work that cannot be done because of this behaviour (3) 'craving' it when you are not even feeling a desire for it. I assume you have also tried to stop yourself and can't - that's the essence of the message I'm hearing. This type of 'compulsive' masturbation can be difficult to stop because to some extent it sounds like you feel that you have lost control. There are other people suffering from similar difficulties, and they find relief through a number of options:
(1) Professional assessment by someone knowlegable in the field (e.g. a sexologist or someone specialising in compulsive sexual behaviour - could be psychologist, clinical social worker, psychiatrist, addictions counsellor). As it sounds like you don't have someone like that in your town, you may need to go to one of the bigger centres (e.g. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban). Alternatively, you could ask your local GP to contact SASHA (0860 100 292 or www.sexualhealth.co.za) and someone there can link him/her with another professional who could instruct in basic approaches to help manage your health care appropriately locally.
(2) Access a support network of others with similar difficulties. You may find that you relate to some people in a group called 'sex addicts anonymous' - if there is no local group in your small town; search them online as they have online support groups too.
I hope this is useful,
on behalf of SASHA
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