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Some say that sex addicts are having a lot of sex, but in reality that does not mean they are enjoying themselves or intimacy is achieved.

Sex is a type of coping mechanism for a sex addict instead of a way to connect with a love one or partner. Compulsive sexual behavior often times is called hyper-sexuality, hyper-sexual disorder, nymphomania or sexual addiction. This comes with strong sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviors that affects a sex addicts health, job, relationships or other parts of your life.

As an example, not all sex addicts are visiting prostitutes or having affairs; some of the behaviors may involve

 

  • Pornography

  • Masturbation

  • Sexual Behavior With Consenting Adults

  • Cybersex

  • Telephone Sex

  • Strip Clubs

  • Swinger clubs

  • Voyeurism
     Voyeurism

The difference between an addiction to sex and a healthy sex drive is when the person continues to act out in spite of negative consequences.

While compulsive sexual addiction is not yet fully acknowledged as a legitimate mental health disorder in the clinical literature sexual addiction and hyper-sexual disorder nevertheless is becoming identified in the public consciousness as a legitimate neuro-psychobiological disorder.

Symptoms:
Over a period of months, a person experiences recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, sexual urges, and increase sexual behavior in association with four or more of the following five criteria: 
 

  • Excessive time is consumed by sexual fantasies and urges, and by planning for and engaging in sexual behavior.

  • Repetitively engaging in these sexual fantasies, urges, and behavior in response to dysphonic mood states such as anxiety, depression, boredom, and irritability.

  • Repetitively engaging in sexual fantasies, urges, and behavior in response to stressful life events. 

  • Repetitive but unsuccessful efforts to control or significantly reduce these sexual fantasies, urges, and behavior.

  • Repetitively engaging in sexual behavior while disregarding the risk for physical or emotional harm to self or others. Untreated compulsive sexual addiction behavior can damage one’s self-esteem; relationships with love ones, career and hurt other people. But with treatment and self-help groups and support, a sex addict can manage compulsive sexual behavior and keep your urges in check.

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