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what is sex addiction?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
A mental disorder: Sex addiction is a mental disorder where thoughts about sex are constant and intrusive to the point of interfering with otherwise normal behavior. It requires therapy to recover.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Sex Addiction?: Not everyone considers "sex addiction" a useful diagnosis, in the first place. Read Dr. Marty Klein's thoughtful perspective on it: http://www.martyklein.com/why-sexual-addiction-is-not-a-useful-diagnosis-and-why-it-matters/ Suggest consulting w/ a sex-positive therapist to understand concerns you may have about yourself (or other person) in relation to compulsive sexual behavior.
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 28 years experience
Get help: Psychiatrists are trained and experienced on this in general. It is not so uncommon. An honest discussion with your dr might also help. There are different approaches and treatments for this and believe me, it works. Good luck.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
12 step meetings can also be very beneficial.
Oct 6, 2013
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
recovery - saa works: Recovery from sexual addiction is possible. Find a therapist who specializes in sex addiction. A major part of recovery is achieved by working the 12 steps w/ a sponsor in saa (sex addicts anonymous). Visit www.Sexaa.Org for more info. If there are no meetings in your area you can start one, or attend online or telephone meetings. Recovery is possible; there is a lot of hope ; help.
Dr. Ana Ochoa
Clinical Psychology 9 years experience
Addiction treatment: Addiction is a behavior, conscious or subconscious, that one undertakes to overcome overwhelming anxiety, sadness, or anger. Whether it's drugs, food, sex, work, gambling etc makes little difference. The formula remains the same. Detox, and abstain. After detox, Abstinence requires significant help, which includes: intense individ therapy 2-4 times/wk, support groups, family therap, find purpose.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is sex addiction real?

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Dr. Beata Zolovska
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Impairment: Any addiction is "real" when it causes impairment of function. For example if the sex addiction causes one to expose themselves to danger or not take basic health precautions.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of sex addiction?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
The symptoms of: Any addiction are remarkable similar. An obsession with the "substance", a loss of interest in other activities, an unmanageable lifestyle, potentially harmful consequences, escalation of "use", and an inability to simply stop.
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What exactly is a sex addiction?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
A mental disorder: Sex addiction is a mental disorder where thoughts about sex are constant and intrusive to the point of interfering with otherwise normal behavior. It requires therapy to recover.
A 48-year-old member asked:

I would like help with sex addiction?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Consider working: With a therapist/ psychologist who specializes in sexual addictions.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I overcome sex addiction?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Get help: There are many psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who specialize in dealing with compulsive sexual behaviors. Boston has a huge number of them. There are many different forms that paraphilias can take, but the basic approach uses a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques to change behavior, while working on trauma history to find the cause

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