Mary Anne Layden, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, was one of the witnesses at the Senate hearing on pornography addiction. She says the same criteria used to diagnose problems like pathological gambling and substance abuse can be applied to problematic porn use.
The Mindfulness Approach to Worry Don’t get me wrong; a certain level of worry is part and parcel of life. A little bit of worry before a big life event is natural, and can be a positive factor in getting the adrenaline pumping we require to feel alive and kicking.
Go over your "worry list" during the worry period. If the thoughts you wrote down are still bothering you, allow yourself to worry about them, but only for the amount of time you've specified for your worry period. As you examine your worries in this way, you'll often find it easier to develop a more balanced perspective. And if your worries don't seem important any more, simply cut your worry period short and enjoy the rest of your day.
For the next few days, as you’re cutting yourself some slack, consider this scenario: Imagine that for the rest of your life, no matter what you eat, don’t eat, whatever exercise you do or don’t do, NOTHING is going to change your appearance, shape or weight.