COVID-19 Pandemic is an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that has affected the mental health of individuals immensely. OCD was among the mental health conditions that emerged with the new norm that is associated with repeated hand wash, social distancing and testing to confirm COVID-19. Nissen et al. (2020) found that there was a significant positive correlation between total OCD severity scores and the occurrence of OCD aggressive and sexual symptoms. [6] The COVID-19 lockdown translated into physical isolation, driving individuals to waste time online with no definite purpose, spending longer, abnormal durations of time online when bored, leading to increased consumption of online pornography. Since March 2020, during the lockdown period, Pornhub has seen a worldwide increase in pornography use of 11.6% compared to the previous average days. [9]

CASE DESCRIPTION: A 21-year-old adult unmarried male student came to the Psychiatry Department with complains of fear of getting COVID-19, repetitive, uncontrolled viewing of pornography, sadness and sleep disturbances for the past 1 year. With informed consent detailed history and psychological assessment was carried out and it was confirmed to be a case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with porn addiction during the COVID-19 pandemic.


OCD and Porn Addiction have emerged as major concern in COVID-19 pandemic related mental health disorders and youngsters should be screened for these conditions and appropriate treatment strategies should be devised in community care.

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