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Is Sex Addiction Real
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...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
Yes: People can become very addicted to medications like valium. They can develop severe psychological and physical addiction. In fact the withdrawal from a medication such as valium can be life threating if not monitored and treated appropriatly. People often need a medically monitored detox. If you or someone is addicted seek medical help before trying to stop on your own! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If by "real addiction" you mean "very hard to stop" and "can actually get physical symptoms when you try to stop", then indeed it is. The physical symptoms are milder but the craving is as real, and the risk of suicide is far greater. Don't look down on a compulsive gambler as weak; it's a strange combination of brain chemicals, and may respond to medication and/or wise talk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: yes - sex addiction had same neural pathways as other addictions which are characterized/defined as "brain diseases" therefore a medical condition. No - many professionals and lay persons don't recognize sex addiction as medical but rather a moral, emotional, behavioral and/or psychological problems that can be corrected. Sex Addiction is serious condition w/devastating far-reaching consequences. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could be: Any sexual activity could be part of a sexual addiction if the person doing it: can't do without it; has the rest of his/her life affected by it; needs increasing amounts of it in his/her life. All the questions that are used to assess drug addiction can be used with minor changes to assess sex addiction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hormonal control: Men are generally programmed to respond to more visual aspects of attraction and appearance. Porn offers a very graphic representation of sexual behaviors which falls into that visual aspect. Women tend to be more responsive to touch and the written word as demonstrated by the amazing sales of the book '50 shades of grey'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The sex between man& woman depicted in PORN films IS IT SAME AS real life sex? Is it that intense and hardcore?all pounding & ...
Of course not: (1) They are trained professionals. (2) It's a movie. (3) They audition, and actors who don't pass audition don't get the part. (4) They need a disclaimer, WARNING: The following show features stunts or activities performed either by professionals or under the supervision of professionals. Therefore, the producers insist that no one attempt to re-create or re-enact any stunt or activity at home. ...Read more
Is technology addiction a real thing? Is it a real condition? Can counseling be given on that..??
Divided: Experts are divided on this question. However, regardless if any compulsive behavior is leading to distress and/or dysfunction, and you are not able to get a handle on it yourself in a reasonable period of time, or if there are urgent problems which can't wait, seek evaluation. Counseling can definitely help with "technology addiction", and in some cases medications may be useful. ...Read more
It's controversial: There is a concept of "process addictions"-gambling, sex, internet (which can be both sex;gambling and other things), compulsive dangerous activity (adrenaline "junkies), which some people feel are an addictive disorders while others think it is a variation of an obsessive-compulsive disorder. There is argument about the line between bad habits and disorders, but there is no doubt folks need help. ...Read more
Physiological and..: Sexual desire/energy has a strong physiological basis. The survival of all species that reproduce sexually depends on a strong innate sex drive or that species would die out. Hormones like testosterone and estrogen have a strong influence on sex drive and function. Obviously there are also psychological factors that may increase or decrease sexual energy, but the basis is strongly physiologic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
New phenomenon: Internet addiction can be used to describe some people who spend an excessive amount of time on line, are unable to limit the time they spend on the net, and have family or social problems as a result of the " addiction". Unlike drug or alcohol addiction, internet addiction may be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder in some people. In others, it could be a way of avoiding people/ socialization. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sexual abstinence: This is okay and it is not abnormal or damaging. ...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
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