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Can A Sex Addict Be Faithful
Probably not...: ...At least not without appropriate treatment. As with the treatment of any addictive behavior, the behavior is not just going to change on its own without treatment from a trained professional, often augmented by the addict's commitment to an appropriate 12-step program (e.g. Sa or slaa). The likelihood of his becoming faithful depends on a variety of factors involving motivation and personality. ...Read more
Sexual urges, behaviors or thoughts that appear extreme in frequency or feel out of one's control. There's a pattern of recurrent failure to resist impulses to engage in acts of sex, persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to stop or control those behaviors, & continuation of the behavior despite knowledge of having social, academic, financial, psychological or physical problems ...Read more
Jury is out: Sex addiction is a concept that has significant controversy. Many would say that, untreated, the sex addict cannot form a relationship with the commitment that is generally accepted as part of true love. Many would also agree that counseling would better the chances of overcoming this condition and achieving patterns associated with love. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: If you are addicted to pornographic movies & videos &/or can't control very frequent urges to masturbate & self gratify. Suggest you seek counselng if this "obsession" is interfering with you life. Good luck. ...Read more
Suggested Q's 4 U: U'll find many "experts" happy 2answer: some men in relationships w/women who also seek sex w/men r being told they r sex addicts. Some ppl using images that turn them on r being called sex addicts. / i wonder about asking urself some q's like: what does sex mean 2 me & make me feel? What do I want from it? How is my sexual behavior making my life better? Worse? / good psychologist 2 help w/ q's? ...Read more
Define it: You and essentially all your male peers enjoy yourselves when you're alone and are thinking things and looking at pictures even if your parents say it is wrong and not to do it. That's being human. If you are unable to take your thoughts off sexuality to do the other things you must do (learning, work, play) or are missing class because you're obsessing over erotica, then see you doctor. ...Read more
Def. of addiction: Continued despite harm/inordinate risk, Compulsion, Cravings/preoccupations out of the ordinary are some of the hallmarks of addictions. But if you are asking it is time to talk about it with a professional you can trust. Sex addiction is not uncommon and it warrants asking for help and there is good help out there. ...Read more
Trust: Many of us seriously doubt there's any such thing as "sex addiction" comparable to addiction to tobacco or heroin. What you say to your mental health expert is utterly privileged, he/she has heard it all before, and there's no shame in mental illness, only shame in refusing to work on becoming a better person. Perhaps true love will find you after all. Good luck. ...Read more
Compulsive: Need for sexual release, but not followed by satisfaction or really associated with any joy or "fun." people with compulsive sexuality are driven to have sex, take unacceptable risks and may very adversely affect their lives and the lives of their families. Many people are highly sexual, but enjoy the sex and it is fun and fulfilling. People with sex addiction do not enjoy it and its never enough. ...Read more
Sex Addict: I don't know whether you are a sex addict or not but you could help yourself by seeing a mental health professional who is experienced in treating sexual problems, ask your doctor or your insurance carrier or your local psychological association for a referral. My best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a sex addict, and I do some weird stuff then feel ashamed immediately after. Where can I get help?
If a self-assessed sex addict, has days when he can easily control himself even during major triggers, could he assume that he's not an addict but BP?
Nobody knows: you can't measure dopamine levels clinically, and the amounts that are present are so tiny, that differences that may be clinically significant would not be noticeable. The biology is not what is important, it is the sociology and psychology of the problem. You have anger and anxiety but are using testosterone and you are 17??? This is self-destructive and you need counseling. You will do damage ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sex addiction: If any sexual behavior (with others or not) is compulsive ; taking up more of yr life, continuing despite negative consequences or doing it in secret while in relationship, check sex addicts anonymous (www.Sexaa.Org) for a self-test, info ; links to in person, online and phone mtgs. Saa works. You may also seek a therapist who specializes in treating sex addiction. There is lots of help and hope! ...Read more
If my partner is a diagnosed sex addict what can I do to get him to not want sex as often? He wants sex 3times a day and he gets very frustrated
Out of control: A sex addiction occurs when sex is interferring with social, occupational & recreational activities. The person tries to stop the behavior but can't. They spend more time or require progressively more hard core sex to satisfy their need. It usually requires that the person spends a fair amount of time either engaging in or fantasizing about sex. A psychological eval can dx. ...Read more
Sex Addict: The disease of addiction can affect us in a lot of different ways. It may be wise to find a therapist who helps with this addiction. There are also treatment programs (both outpatient and inpatient) that can help you learn about this disease, to fellowship with similar people and to learn how to bring some sanity back to your life. It is good that you are wiling to ask for help. ...Read more
My girlfriend is a sex addict, at times she shakes whenever the cravings are very bad. How can she control that if possible?
Need her perspective: It's always hard to comment on someone thru another person - we generally don't find playing telephone useful. If you are seriously concerned about your girlfriend there are resources to help her - but you would be best to approach her in a non-confronational way (as she sees it). It's a difficult topic to broach and she might shut down if you're too straight forward, but i could be wrong. ...Read more
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