Q. How can a 20-year-old male overcome masturbation tendencies, shyness, and depression?

Answered by
Dr. Vandana Patidar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 23, 2023

Hello doctor

I am a 20-year-old male. I have been masturbating for nearly four years, and it has made me really low and depressed. I do not open up with people and cannot talk or meet eyes to eyes with girls. I feel really shy, and my attitude is not good. I do not want myself to be like this. Moreover, my penis is thin and short. Please help.

Thank you.



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Masturbation is a healthy practice done by every individual. There are no side effects of masturbation. The guilt generated as the result of misconception about masturbation leads to stress and anxiety, which in turn causes ill effects on the mind and health but not the masturbation. So start doing your work sincerely, set an academic goal, and be passionate about it. When you succeed, your stress and anxiety will decrease, and your confidence will increase. You can join a gym or follow a physical exercise routine. Practice deep breathing and meditation.

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