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From the U.K.: Im a young adult now 17 years old will be 18 next year which is why iv decided to seek help! Now basically here is a quick background of how this happened!

I used to get teased and messed around with by my not anymore “Dad” for many years but on top of that i had autism and got bullied for 10 years straight! By the age of 9 i started looking at boys my age but didn’t understand why at that age.

Anyways i started doing this thing to my well private part lying on my stomach which gave me a “nice” feeling after a while till i hit the age 13 I discovered masturbation and started that instead but this is where my life goes downhill..

I do it to pics of boys aged 5-14 years old and this is when my Mum got divorced and I didn’t have a Dad anymore mixed feelings, both good and bad then at age 16 my Mum found someone who is now the best “Stepdad” ever!! No more teasing ect.. But to this date iv been getting worse masturbating 3-4 times a day sometimes just once to picsnof boys aged 6-11 instead.

I really want to stop as i may get in trouble when im 18!! Any help?

Attracted to Young Boys

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I’m so glad you wrote. Yes, you are right that this could lead to serious trouble. It already is very troublesome.

Children who have been traumatized often act out the trauma as a way to try to understand and master their feelings. It’s possible you have been re-enacting the treatment by your “dad” and/or that you are reacting to the bullying by older boys by wanting to have power over younger boys. I don’t have enough information to go beyond those very preliminary guesses.

But I do know this. The more you masturbate to pictures of young boys, the more you are reinforcing the very behavior you say you want to stop. Orgasm is a powerful, powerful reinforcer. Every time you climax while looking at those pictures, you are conditioning yourself to do it more.

There is nothing wrong with masturbation. There is something very wrong with doing it while looking at pictures of little boys.

Your report that you are masturbating 3 – 4 times a day suggests to me that you are also using it as a way to relieve intense anxiety. It works, I’m sure. Orgasm is an effective stress reliever. However, the more you do it, the more addictive it will be.

Please consider getting into therapy. A therapist won’t judge you. Instead, a therapist will help you deal with your history and learn to express your sexuality in ways that are appropriate and pleasurable. You will also learn alternative ways to relieve stress and anxiety. Do look for a therapist who has expertise in working with young men with high functioning autism.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

Attracted to Young Boys

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). Attracted to Young Boys. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 14, 2019, from
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