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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is sex addiction?

5 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 39 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 28 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 29 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 26 years experience
12 step meetings can also be very beneficial.
Oct 6, 2013
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 28 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 10 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 31-year-old member asked:

How can I control my sex addiction?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Get help: Contact a psychologist who specializes in sexual addictions. Consider going to a support group like aa for people who suffer from sexual addictions. Get a sponsor who has achieved control for a few years. They can help you. Good luck!
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of sex addiction?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 37 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.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What exactly is a sex addiction?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 39 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 39-year-old member asked:

Is sex addiction real?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Beata Zolovska
Psychiatry 16 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.

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