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If i am a sexaholic what are the chanced of my children having this diease?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Unpredictable chance: There are a number of addictions that have tendencies to be inherited in varying degrees. There is no evidence that sexual addiction is one of them. That said, the presence of addicted individuals in a family does suggest others there are at risk of becoming addicted. Reasons for that are multiple including genetics as noted, broken families, severe financial stress and trauma of all types.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
this is much more about experiences, moods, coping and choices, than it is about genetics
Feb 5, 2012
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Provided original answer
Agree.
Feb 5, 2012
Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy
Child Psychiatry 51 years experience
They are increased: Compulsive sexual activity is often a form of addiction which has combined biological and psychological roots. Your children may inherit biologically an decreased capacity to sooth themselves in other ways. Because you don't have this capacity you may find it hard to teach it to your children, and so pass it on psychologically.

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